Monday, December 2, 2013

The Sensory Child Gets Organized Giveaway!

UPDATE:  If you are entering the giveaway, please make sure and include your email address so we can contact you if you win!

A couple years ago, I learned about Executive Function skills when I was trying to figure out how to help my son with school.  His teachers complained that he had trouble focusing, remembering to turn assignments in, and keeping his papers and materials organized.  According to WebMD:
Executive function refers to a set of mental skills that are coordinated in the brain's frontal lobe. Executive functions work together to help a person achieve goals.  Executive function includes the ability to:    

  • manage time and attention
  • switch focus
  • plan and organize
  • remember details
  • curb inappropriate speech or behavior
  • integrate past experience with present action

  • Kids with learning disorders, ADHD, autism (like my son) and other disorders often have executive functioning issues. 

    It was a relief to have a name and a reason for his focus issues, but I still didn't know exactly how to help him, which is why I jumped at the chance to read The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh.  The subtitle sums up what this book is all about:  "Proven Systems for Rigid, Anxious, or Distracted Kids."

    The books starts off with some really good general information about sensory issues and how they are related to distractibility and organization.  Dalgliesh then goes on to help you answer the question, "How does your child learn best?" complete with a learning style survey and concrete ways to support each learning style.

    Dalgliesh has named her system Sensory Organizing and she explains that the system "focuses on helping you identify the most prevalent challenges or behaviors you are seeing in your child right now, and teaches you how to tap into structure, routines, visual aids and organizing toold to change behavior and put your child in a position to succeed."

    This book includes chapters on the Fundamentals of Sensory Spaces, storage systems, transitions, taking trips, and even information on social situations.

    This book is a must-have for any parent of a kid who struggles with organization.  Heck, it's a must-have for parents who struggle with it themselves.  I originally read this book with Danny, my autistic son, in mind, but I quickly realized that this system will not only help my other two children, but it could revolutionize my life.  Believe me, I need the help!

    I highly recommend you check out The Sensory Child Gets by Carolyn Dalgliesh!

    And we have one copy of the book to give away to a lucky reader.  Check out how to enter the giveaway below:

    How to Enter the Giveaway!

    ~~Leave a comment on this blog post for one entry.
    ~~Share the blog on Facebook or Twitter for another entry. (Please mention this in the comments so I know you have shared the post!)
    ~~Like our Facebook page (again, leave a comment telling me you have liked us).

    The deadline for entries is December 7th at midnight. 


    1. Sounds like this could be the answer to our son's executive issues that the school seems unable to help us with.

    2. Sounds like a good book! Would be interested in reading it for my son.

    3. This would be great for my son. He has proprioceptive and vestibular sensory issues.
      I also LIKED your facebook page. My email is

    4. I have a deaf autistic son with large vestibular aqueduct syndrome as well as sensory seeking. I'm always stressing his sensory diet and other what seems small things that are required to get him focused and still and how the two affect his sensory processing and executive functioning. so frustrating as a parent thay doesn't have the credentials to speak on it. I would love to able to cite your book.

      1. and it has been shared on my Twitter and facebook

    5. This book sounds very helpful. Would love to read it!