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Resources for SPD

- Victoria Behrends- RCST, HHP, M.A., CA Teaching credential, MH, BSP, RT

  Craniosacral Therapist, HHP, teacher - working with SPD and other sensory disorders, Strategy Sessions, creative learning and performance expansion, hair analysis and interpretation, self-regulation training, energy exercises, emotional and physical trauma and pain resolution, and sensory tools, strategies and resources,  SensoryBugs® and at:

(comprehensive descriptions of Craniosacral Therapy are on the Articles page
on the craniosacraltherapies.com website)  &

I've worked with the ideas and concepts in these books and resources on this     sensoryprocessingbugs.com    website, one on one with clients, in groups, in teaching workshops.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, books, therapies---


- Angie Voss, OTR - Her two short, easy to get through books are powerful in helping parents to understand that their kids' behavior is not who they are--listings of behaviors and solutions are well done and easy to understand:
      Fast order these on Amazon if you have to choose only 2 books, and need them in a hurry :)

         Understanding Your Child's Sensory Signals

    Your Essential guide to Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

The classic The Out-of-Sync Child, by Carol Stock Kranowitz is one of the strongest books available to help a parent and professionals alike determine and recognize the characteristics of SPD .

- The pioneer in this field, A.Jean Ayres, Ph.D and Occupational Therapist first understood SPD in depth and more than 30 years ago as she wrote the early book, Sensory Integration and the Child.

- Dr. Daniel Amen's 2013, book Healing ADD - The Breakthrough Program that Allows You to See and Heal the 7 types of ADD

- ADHD Without DrugsSanford Newmark, MD, 2010, recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil

- Smart but Scattered, Dawson and Guare, 2009

- I've spoken often with Michele Gianetti, RN and mother, and she has written a loving, and powerful book. She asked for my review--here it is:
 I Believe In You 
about her daughter and their family's longtime struggles to find treatment for her two year old daughter Elizabeth, now a teenager, diagnosed with both with SPD and Dyspraxia. The book is a personal account of her emotions, strength, difficulties and great love. Her research and experiences help parents and professionals realize that multiple resources are needed to make real changes and to provide support and solutions for SPD. She includes early experience with traditional approaches, then speech and occupational therapies, craniosacral therapy, brain integration and listening programs and much more to illustrate an effective multidimensional approach.  She also writes up to date BLOGS at www.michelegianetti.com that continue to provide direction and current information.

- Building Bridges, by OTs Ellen Yack, Paula Arquilla, and Shirley Sutton is a practical hands-on book for children with Autism and PPD.

- Raising a Sensory Smart Child , by Linda Biel, M.A., OTR/L and Nancy Peske is a great book for all parents and professionals to read, to understand sensory processing disorder overall.

- Because SPD can be a "look-alike" of other well known disorders including ADHD and autism  it is important to have an greater understanding of these disorders. The classic book,
The Fabric of Autism is written by Judith Bluestone who tells her own story as a person who is autistic and shares not only her progression in her life experiences but much valuable information about the anxiety and physiology of the disorder.

    - The terms ADD/ADHD are now only referred to as ADHD, and SPD may be also impacted by diet and nutrition considerations. This book is terrific in its suggestions---- The ADD&ADHD Diet by Rachel Bell and Dr. Howard Peiper offers research and information of what foods and supplements do to work with various disorders.The book is is very helpful for parents, going far beyond the pioneering Feingold diet. This guide along with a hair analysis and specific supplements is effective in treating SPD, ADHD and other disorders.

    - Dr. Temple Grandin tells her own story effectively on so many levels: 
    The Way I See It, and Thinking In Pictures are first hand accounts.

    - These two books, Empowering Youth with ADHD, and 365 +1 Ways to Succeed with ADHD are also significant books to guide parents, coaches and the individual working with ADHD. 

    - Because of the link of complex trauma and SPD discussed in my interview with Dr. Robert Scaer in Sept, 2011, OTs and parents may want to read The Trauma Spectrum or The Body Bears the Burden, his definitive books on trauma. His website is traumasoma.com

    - Any of Peter Levine's books are helpful in trying to understand and work with trauma, but Trauma-Proofing Your Kids by Levine and Kline and Healing Trauma offer practical parental solutions.....and his latest in 2015:



    -The Comprehensive Resource Model
    2017, Lisa Schwarz, Frank Corrigan Alastair Hull, Rajiv Raju

    - Brainspotting
    , or BSP was developed by David Grand, PhD and Lisa Schwartz, psychologist, M.Ed as an outgrowth from EMDR--these are resources that can unlock and resolve trauma and enhance creative performance in sports, Theatre, Art, Writing, Educational needs, and can be a wonderful tool for sensory development and balance.

    - Lisa Schwarz has gone on to develop the Comprehensive Resource Model, that is unique in providing intensive resourcing before processing trauma.

       - Ana do Valle, OTR, SEP can be found at anadovalle.com. She uses my Caterpillar in her training courses.  She can be contacted for training, consultation and occupational therapy.

        - Brainworks® and Gwen Wild

SSP is a five-day intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement and resilience. By calming the physiological and emotional state, the door is opened for improved communication and more successful therapy.

Research-based therapy is showing significant results in just five days in the following areas:

Social and emotional difficulties

Auditory sensitivities

Anxiety and trauma related challenges

Stressors that impact social engagement


- Since 2004--Federal and State Law - It is also important to know the Federal and many states' laws regarding children under school supervision (schools funded by federal aid--this law can be researched online for the complete description, but this is the section that applies):

Title 20 of United States Code:
Chapter 33, Subchapter II,
§ 1412, State Eligibility

(25) Prohibition on mandatory medication

(A) In general
The State educational agency shall prohibit State and local educational agency personnel from requiring a child to obtain a prescription for a substance covered by the Controlled Substances Act as a condition of attending school, receiving an evaluation under subsection (a) or (c) of section 1414 of this title, or receiving services under this chapter.



    My own other website and additional location:

    - craniosacraltherapies.com There are articles and information on craniosacral therapy (both Biodynamic and Upledger) BrainspottingTM, Creative Learning Expansion, Adult ADHD, SPD, Autism and more on my other website: craniosacraltherapies.com.


    4. - Additional location in Leucadia/Encinitas.

    Center For Healing

              Victoria Behrends and David Taff  760-753-1493 - Workshop location and DP access


      5.       RESOURCES/Research/Strategies - for TEACHERS

    A beginning framework for Teachers with students that have Sensory Processing difficulties---this is an approach that involves some SHORT strategies that work well within the classroom, reasonable online coursework (in time and cost) that can guide the regular classroom teacher, and up to date research on methods.  

Research:  much more research available online


Resources and References Guiding Recommended Frequency of Brain Breaks










Resources: from:   www.sensationalbrain.com

Many Free Printable Forms/Activities:

These forms are useful for parents, teachers, and therapists. Please click on the form titles to view and/or print the documents below:

Free Plans - click on to go to website

Sensory Needs Assessment Summary and Intervention Plan

Sensory Behavioral Analysis and Plan

Classroom Accommodations Checklist: English

Classroom Accommodations Checklist: Spanish

Classroom Accommodations Checklist: Chinese

Home Recommendations

Sensory Activities: 6 quick ideas for your kids to do now!

Sensory Diet Suggestions for Specific Target Behaviors

Sensory Station Factoids (Used in Gwen’s seminars)

Courses Online:  at www.sensationalbrain.com - more online classes also available here for parents, teachers

1.  Meeting Sensory Needs in the General Education Classroom: A research-based approach- Online, Friday, Oct. 26, 11:00 AM-1 PM EDT

 Also available in View-on-Demand format. Can students’ sensory needs be met in the general education classroom without frequent trips to the hallway or needing one-on-one time with an aide? Our research shows that a classroom-based approach is not only possible, but highly effective!  In this 2-hour webinar, you will find out how to easily implement this approach in your own classroom or in the classrooms of the schools you serve as a therapist, teacher, OT.

Register Here 

2. Neurochemistry: Impact on emotions and sensory processing and emotions(was Online on Oct. 15) —with Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, to discover the correlation between neurochemistry, sensory processing and emotions. 

Also available in View-on-Demand format.

Neurochemistry: Impact on emotions and sensory processing, and emotions. This course enables you to select strategies to immediately impact behavior and empower you to effectively communicate the role of movement breaks and sensory strategies in scientific terms to enhance follow-through by teachers, parents, and caregivers.

Learning Outcomes:

1 Identify the primary roles of at least 5 important neurotransmitters.

2 Select strategies based on the desired neurochemical changes needed as indicated by behaviors and emotional affect.

3 Recognize the role of trauma and chronic stress on brain neurochemistry and the resulting impact on emotions and behaviors.

4 List common neurochemical differences associated with diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, and ASD.

5 Identify strategies YOU can use to instantly improve your mood based on the science of neurochemistry to increase your job satisfaction and increase your effectiveness as a therapist  Target Audience: intermediate-level OTs, PTs, SLPs Teachers and other professionals working with children and teens with special needs.

Course Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Gwen is the owner of Sensational Brain LLC and creator of BrainWorks sensory diet tools. Gwen presents to audiences nationwide on topics related to sensory modulation.

She is also on the faculty of Summit Professional Education and travels nationwide speaking on the topic of “Creating and Implementing Effective Sensory Diets for Children and Teens.” As an occupational therapist, Gwen has enjoyed treating children with a wide variety of developmental disorders in a number of settings but has a special passion for working with kids with sensory processing disorders. Gwen has her very own “sensational” children and has learned firsthand the importance of having effective sensory strategies in place in the home and classroom. She lives in Galesburg, Michigan, with her husband and three teenage daughters.

A few Strategies : 

(www.sensationalbrain.com   and   www.sensoryprocessingbugs.com)

                                       many other websites available

1.    Strategies all timed for a MINUTE—within the classroom for individuals or group these might need demonstration on phone or in person—from: 760-753-1493 SensoryBugs®

Singing—humming—timed for a minute

Yoga—one short form when needed—-T’aiChi- sinking in knees /rising arms movement in the classroom—one short fluid movement when needed

Sound Therapy—Music —TuningForks - Sound for class or individual student

Stretching - Jumping in place - fidgets, personal bracelet, large ball, drink water, weighted lap pad, https://www.sensacalm.com/collections/lap-pads

Handshake - substitute for isolation of student (or any of the strategies above)

Longer than a minute, maybe 5:😀

Group SHORT march or Conga line around the room - no music, just sound of voices

SHORT dance to music - have 3 music styles for students to choose

Group Hum - just a note

2.   Heavy Work Activities for Older Kids and Teens When Needed for Over or Under Responsive Sensory stylefrom:  sensationalbrain.com 

    —- in classroom/LRC/on the field

  put a tennis ball on the end of a broomstick and have the kids use it to scrub the scuff marks off of the linoleum

carry a milk crate full of books to the library and switch it out for other books

clean the whiteboards: multistep task using three different colored cloths (1) first make vertical motions with the red cloth, (2) go over the board again with the blue cloth in horizontal movements, and (3) spray the board and wipe it with the white cloth using a circular motion

water person: carry everyone’s water bottles in a backpack out to the playground and back

working out in the weight room or a weighted ball in the classroom

running around the track

jumping on the pad near the pole vault

wall push-ups

push-ups and sit ups

pushing cart with books in library (or to the library)

pushing cart with basketballs in gym

wearing ankle weights or weights on wrists

theraband on legs of chair at desk

jumping on trampoline in LRC

chair push-ups

stacking supplies on shelves, some wear wrist weights/forearm weights to increase body awareness and resistance

cleaning/rearranging therapy equipment including bolsters, mats, tables, and chairs

gardening: digging/moving dirt and shrubs in wheelbarrows

pushing lunch cart

stacking chairs after auditorium programming

pulling wagons

stacking/organizing catalogs and magazines

carrying lunch trays to/from lunch room

pulling weighted rolling carts or suitcases as an errand to help deliver something

carrying items and stocking the shelves of the school store or classroom

functional activities with common office tools: staple papers, use a 2/3 hole punch, paper punching with card stock, sorting and filing with binder clips

These are just a few starting ideas and resources specifically for the classroom teacher...there are many more in the books listed and online sources.


    Ongoing Update of Additional books as they are written:

    -The Comprehensive Resource Model
    2017, Lisa Schwarz, Frank Corrigan Alastair Hull, Rajiv Raju

    - The Polyvagal Theory 
    Dr. Stephen Porges  2011

    - Norman Doidge, M.D. has written two cutting edge books, the most exciting in Jan. 2015 describing many tested modalities, including Neuroscience solutions, Sound therapy, Light Laser therapy, movement, and brain research.

The Brain's Way of Healing, Norman Doidge, M.D.

    - authors in Brain Neuroscience, Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Jeffrey L. Fannin, founder of the Center for Cognitive Enhancement can both be found on the internet. They are the newest innovative resources for changing the brain, the work begun by Dr. Daniel G. Amen. They are using science to track, shift, improve, train, and again, change the brain form an "incoherent state to coherency", terms developed by the classic HeartMath ...all these can be googled for more information.

    Dr. Joe Dispenza - Evolve Your Brain

    -HeartMath ---  The HeartMath Solution  and other books and the Brain Fitness Program - work with heart coherence and stress reducing factors and provide much research over more than thirty years.