Occupational Therapy Books

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I named this page "Occupational Therapy Books" with young occupational therapists in mind, as these are the books I wish I had read at the beginning of my profession!

However, most of these books have been written for the benefit of parents, caregivers and teachers. Most, but not all, have been written by fellow Occupational Therapists.

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


Honesty Point: I have purchased most of these books at my own expense; one or two 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.

My Best Book of 2014!

Growing Up with Sensory Issues

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. I smiled, giggled and sniffed back a few tears as I made my way through the book and emerged at the back page with a deeper understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder.

Jennifer McIlwee Myers gives a voice to children who cannot yet express themselves, hope for teens facing an uncertain future, and deeper insight and understanding for anyone who has a child with SPD in their home, class or family.

This is an empowering and powerful book. I would recommend that parents of SPD kids keep this in their personal libraries to lend out to those relatives and friends who just don't "get" SPD.

More Sensory Processing Books:


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.



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 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.






From Rattles to Writing

An Indepth Review


About The Author:

Barbara A. Smith is an experienced occupational therapist whose passion for children blends beautifully with her instinct for using everyday resources to make effective activities.


About The Book:

The blurb on the front cover says “A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills” but in all honesty this is only half the truth, because what Ms Smith does is cover the entire range of a child’s development from birth to age five. Among the developmental aspects covered are: visual perceptual and spatial relationship skills, visual-motor coordination, sensori-motor skills, gross motor skills, and communication skills, and more. Oh yes, and hand skills of course! At the appropriate ages, Ms Smith also covers a child’s need for developing skills in independence and also gives ideas for early math skills.

From Rattles to Writing covers a child’s development in stages, and the chapters of the book are arranged according to a child’s age – the first year of life is split into age birth to three months; three to six months; and six to twelve months. Toddlers are covered in two sections: age 12 -18 months and 18-24 months, while ages 2, 3 and 4 years have a chapter each, with a brief look at the Kindergarten skills a child needs in age 5-6.

Ms Smith does a fantastic job of rounding up “old fashioned” rhymes, songs and activities that we may be familiar with from our own childhoods. Barbara shows how those activities play a role in your child’s development, and guides parents in introducing them at appropriate times. The activities usually make use of inexpensive every day materials, and some of them surprised me at the early age at which a child could make use of them!


How To Read This Book:

Pick the chapter / age group relevant to your child and read that first. If you feel your child is somewhat delayed or lacking in certain skills, then read the previous chapter. And if you want to keep your gifted child interested, then skip ahead to the following chapter. As Ms Smith points out, all children develop at different levels – you may find that your child is “ahead of schedule” in some skills and “behind schedule” in other skills. The beauty of this book is that the skills within each chapter are clearly set out and you can easily focus on the skill you want, and even track the development of that skill over a few chapters.


Who Would Benefit From This Book?

I would give this book to new parents who are keen to make sure their child does not miss out on any aspect of appropriate development. The book does not have to be read in its entirety – new parents can check out just one chapter at a time as relevant to the age of their child.

I would also recommend the book for any parent whose child has a developmental delay, as well as for the caregiver/teacher who needs to work with that child.

Nursery school teachers and day care moms would also benefit from the practical activities and ideas to ensure the children in their care are being stimulated and challenged to develop in all spheres.

Ms Smith strikes the balance between information that parents are looking for and the more technical details that a professional may enjoy. For this reason, I would also recommend this book for therapists who are new to working with young children, or those fresh out of studies. I would have benefited so much from this book in my early years of work, before I had my own children to experiment on!

From Rattles to Writing: A Parent's Guide to Hand Skills is available from Amazon.



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