Occupational Therapy Books

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These occupational therapy books have been written for the benefit of parents, caregivers and teachers.

Most, but not all, have been written by fellow Occupational Therapists.

These books are a valuable part of my library as an occupational therapist and as a parent.

I only review books that I personally own and have read. I trust you find the reviews helpful!

Honesty Point: I have purchased some of these books at my own expense; others were gifts from their authors. However, all reviews are my honest opinion and not influenced by the authors in any way. I have used my affiliate link to direct you to the books on Amazon; however, you may be able to find the books in other bookstores as well as in your local library.


Books On Sensory Processing

Max and Me - A Story About Sensory Processing


My favorite book of 2015!

An excellent book written for children to help them understand how their bodies and brain process sensory information, and why they may sometimes have a bad day!

Helps children understand sensory modulation - a truly excellent tool for parents and therapists to help children identify and verbalize their needs.
Read my full review over here.


Sensational Kids


My first choice of book for parents and teachers who need to know more about SPD and practical information on how to help their kids at home and at school.

Well written, easy to understand and immensely practical.


No Longer A Secret:
Unique Common Strength Strategies


This is the companion book to Sensational Kids, and I highly recommend this book for teachers and therapists who are looking for inexpensive and effective ways to practically help children at school and at home.

The ideas are categorized according to the different subtypes of SPD, which makes it an invaluable reference tool. I really love the way many of the activities use everyday objects to help children, and it is encouraging to see that they really do work!


Raising a Sensory Smart Child


An indepth treasure trove of information on understanding and living with a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder.

I personally feel that this occupational therapy book is more suited to therapists, although many parents have certainly benefited from it. It is very detailed and therefore more "textbooky", but contains a wealth of valuable information.


The Sensory Team Handbook


Recommended for preteens to read with their parents, or for teenagers to read on their own. This book is easy to read and does not use jargon, and will help an older child with SPD to understand and deal with everyday challenges.

Parents can read this book with their kids, and help them to implement suggestions in daily home and school life.


Growing Up With Sensory Issues


My favorite book of 2014!

This book is written by a woman who has experienced the trials and challenges of living with SPD (and Aspergers) in herself, and writes about her experiences in an engaging, pithy way.

This personal story will give all its readers a far deeper understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder and its effect on everyday life.

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Child Development Books

From Rattles To Writing


Written by an occupational therapist, this book covers the entire range of a child’s development from birth to age five.

The chapters of the book are arranged according to a child’s age. I would recommend this book for new parents, caregivers of little ones and therapists new to pediatrics.

Read my full review of From Rattles to Writing.


From Flapping to Function
A Parent's Guide to Autism and Hand Skills


This book explores the contributing factors to poor hand skills in children with autism and provides many practical strategies to encourage the development of functional hand skills.

Written by an occupational therapist with years of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with a special interest in developing hand skills.

Read my full review of From Flapping To Function!


Fine Motor ABC

Fine Motor ABC is a one-of-a-kind book that has been written to inform parents and children alike.

Each letter of the alphabet is linked to a fine motor activity in 3 ways:

  • an alphabet-linked rhyming couplet that describes the activity,
  • a photograph demonstrating the activity,
  • an alphabet hand sign for that letter!

Each page also has a section for parents and caregivers below the photo, which gives more information about the activity and its importance.

Because of the occupational therapy perspective, the activities in this book reflect the different areas of fine motor development that are needed in order to develop good pencil control.

Read my full review of Fine Motor ABC!


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OT Mom E-Books

These "electronic" occupational therapy books are downloadable PDFs that contain information from my site in readable, printable format, along with additional information and activities that are not on my site.

Click on the images to see more information about each e-book, and don't forget to check the bundle deals for discounts!

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Visual Perception E-Books

A huge selection of printable visual perceptual resources - with great bundle discounts!



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I'd be happy to read it and give an honest opinion! Drop me a line and tell me about it!

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