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Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears?

Title: Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload

Author: Jennifer Veenendall

Age: early elementary

Description: A young girl enters first grade only to discover the sensory demands of the classroom lead her to cry, hide, lash out at others, and become socially alienated. Understanding adults in her life help Izzy manage the chaos so she is able to enjoy school, learn, and make friends.

Goals/Concepts:
• Sensory processing disorders
• Behavioral outcomes of auditory, tactile, visual, and vestibular modulation challenges
• Social impact of sensory modulation disorders
• Positive effects of sensory diet strategies for school and home

Why I like this book: There are few books that accurately depict sensory processing disorders in tangible ways for young children. This one succeeds and the illustrations are great.

Ideas for use:
• Read to children with SPD to help them understand they are not alone and not “bad.”
• I have adapted this book for use with preschoolers as young as 3 ½. They see themselves in the story and love it!
• The illustrations beautifully demonstrate through facial expression and body language the functional and social consequences of sensory modulation disorders.
• It is wonderful to see kids light up when they come to the pages on strategies for managing sensory processing issues in school.
• Read to a class to increase their awareness and understanding of children with sensory processing disorders.
• Share the book with teachers, therapists, and parents to help broaden their understanding of sensory modulation disorders.
• Read to siblings of children with SPD.

Submitted by: Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L

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