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Resources for SPD

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

  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, teaching workshops and with myself.

Update: Newest Resource, I am an Associate Therapist for
                            Safe And Sound Protocol
and can refer you that resource.

What IS THE Safe And Sound Protocol ?
Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges --------
the originator of The Polyvagal Theory, administered by iLS, Integrated Listening Systems

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


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES---I include the books about children to provide assistance in tracking early history for the older child and adults of all ages:

- 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

    - At sensationalbrain.com there is information on SPD, Sensory Modulation and Sensory Discrimination, how to recognize SPD and how to use a Sensory Diet. It is a membership website for parents and/or professionals. There is an effective picture card system called BrainWorks®, to communicate that specific Sensory diet to the child, parent, teen or adult to move efficiently from one activity to another.

    - I like ONIONHEAD® emotion cards to help my clients acknowledge and express emotion---.

    - The SPD Foundation is an excellent resource at: spdfoundation.net

- 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.

    A repeat statment: 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, teaching workshops and with myself.

    - Additional location in Leucadia/Encinitas.

    Center For Healing

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

    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.