Occupational Therapy Books

recommended occupational therapy books

These occupational therapy books have been written for the benefit of parents, caregivers and teachers. These books are a valuable part of my library as an occupational therapist and as a parent.

Most, but not all, have been written by fellow Occupational Therapists, and this page gives a brief overview of the books I have found most helpful. I only review books that I personally own and have read!

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. If you purchase a book through my link, I will receive a small commission that helps support my site.


Books On Sensory Processing And SPD

Sensational Kids

Top Pick For Parents And Teachers!

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.

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Max and Me - A Story About Sensory Processing

Best Sensory Processing Book for Kids!

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!

This book is an incredibly helpful tool for parents and therapists. Reading this with your child can help everyone find the words when dealing with a sensory modulation meltdown.

Read my full review over here.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 And Motor Skills Books

Little Pencil Finds His Forever Friends

This is a marvelous little rhyming book that will make children (and their parents and teachers) aware of the correct pencil grip as well as the activities which can strengthen little hands and fingers to get them ready for using the pencil.

Once kids are familiar with the story, it is fun to refer to the Little Pencil character when engaging in fine motor activities - reminding the kids that this activity will help the Forever Friends to get strong to help Little Pencil. I recommend this for preschools and therapists as well as parents!

Read my full review!

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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!.

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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!

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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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