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Meghan's World:The Story of One Girl's Triumph over Sensory Processing Dis
by Diane M Renna  Regina Stark, Illustrator 

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Publisher:  Indigo Impressions ISBN-10:  0978833902 Type: 


Copyright:  March 2007 ISBN-13:  9780978833909

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Meghan's World: The Story of One Girl's Triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder

Written for families stuggling with diagnoses on the autism spectrum, this inspirational and original book briefly explains the therapies Meghan did to overcome her Sensory Processing Disorder and lists resources for reference. Lushly illustrated and kid-friendly, this true story validates children's feelings and offers a glimpse into the world of a child suffering with SPD. Serves to promote hope, understanding, and social growth of an often misdiagnosed and misunderstood condition through the eyes of a child. Illustrations. Hardcover 32 pps Children's Social Story

MEGHAN'S WORLD is a true story of one girl's triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder. The story validates children's feelings and offers parents and teachers a look into the world of a child suffering from SPD. This book was inspired by Meghan's first preschool show and her reactions before, during and after the event. The story briefly explains the therapies Meghan did to help her overcome SPD and lists resources for reference. MEGHAN'S WORLD ends with an "About Me" page so parents can start a dialouge with their child - leading to insight about their own child's needs and wants.

MEGHAN'S WORLD is a great book for children with diagnoses on the autism spectrum. It helps to promote understanding and social growth. Parents and teachers can help their children/students grow into their own accomplishments, by learning how Meghan has dealt with the following issues: sensory modulation, social insecurity, tactile defensiveness, sensory processing, sound sensitivity, hyp/hyper-responsiviness, visual perception, allergies/food intolerance. 
Diane M. Renna resides in Long Island, New York with her husband, Lorenzo and their children, Meghan, Michael, and Gavin. In 1998, she left work in NYC to become a stay-at-home mom. Diane, Meghan, and Michael are all affectedin some way with sensory integration dysfunction. However, Meghan's sensory issues were more severe and affected her daily life tremendously. Diane read and learned all she could about SPD. She never complained or gave up hope. She investigated and tried alternative therapies with the vision of helping her children. She understood and wanted to make their world a better place.

Diane has dedicated her time to helping children with SPD. She wants to reach as many families as possible. Presently, the family is happy, healthy, and enjoys doing the things they weren't able to do in the past. SPD is no longer a jail-keeper to their lives. The Renna family hopes Meghan's story will inspire and heal other families dealing with SPD.

Professional Reviews

Beautiful and Easy-to-Read Story About Very Complicated and Life-Altering Issues
"This beautiful and easy-to-read story about very complicated and life-altering issues brings Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) to life through the gentle words of Meghan's mother. Families, friends, teachers, and therapists can share this book with each other to promote understanding, compassion, and hope. As I travel across the world, spreading the news about SPD, I will be sharing this book with everyone I meet. Congratulations, Diane and Meghan!"
- Diana Henry, MS, OTR/L

Informative, Incouraging and Inspirational
"This book is a must-read for all children and all parents of children diagnosed with SPD. My daughter (age six) loved reading about another child who has undergone many of the same treatments, and has had the same emotions as herself. As a parent, the book was informative, encouraging, and inspirational. It really does help to hear what other families have done for their children suffering with this often misunderstood disorder."
- Alison Lynne, author of "The Dolly Adventures, and a mother of children with SPD

Children with Sensory Processing Disorders Can Relate
"MEGHAN'S WORLD is written is simple enough language for children to understand, but gives parents some important information as well. Children with sensory processing disorders can easily relate to it, as one child exclaimed, 'That's like me!' The illustrations are beautiful and engaging. Parents and professionals should have it in their library. I highly recommend it!"
- Jeanne Ganze, OTR/L BCP

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Reader Reviews for "Meghan's World:The Story of One Girl's Triumph over Sensory Processing Dis"

Reviewed by Mary Coe 2/4/2008
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