Occupational Therapy Book Recommendations for Children and Adults

Occupational Therapy Book Recommendations for Clients

As a pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT), I am often asked for book recommendations to help clients and their families learn more about sensory processing, handwriting, or self-regulation skills. Here is a compiled list of books that may be helpful to you!


Sensory processing books for children:

  • Max and Me: A Story about Sensory Processing
  • Arne and His School Tools
  • Orvis Has Trouble at School
  • Ellie Bean the Drama Queen
  • I’m Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder
  • This is Gabriel: Making Sense of School
  • Sensitive Sam
  • Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself
  • Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload


Autism Spectrum Disorder books for children:

  • My Brother Charlie
  • I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism
  • All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism
  • A Friend Like Simon – Autism
  • My Friend with Autism

Adult books to learn about sensory processing:

  • The Out-of-Sync Child
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
  • The Sensory Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up
  • Growing an In-Sync Child
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child
  • Tools for Tots
  • Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight – more focused on adults with sensory concerns
  • Understanding Your Baby’s Sensory Signals
  • Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals
  • Everyday Games for Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child
  • Sensory Processing 101
  • The Everything Parent’s Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder
  • No Longer a Secret: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges


Books for parents/caregivers to learn about behavior management in their children:

  • 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting
  • Parenting with Love and Logic
  • Whole Brain Child, and the Whole Brain Child Workbook
  • No-drama Discipline
  • Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs
  • Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children
  • Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach
  • The Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method for Easy, Step-By-Step, Lasting Change for You and Your Child
  • Thinking About You, Thinking About Me
  • Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior?: Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment, and Intervention
  • The Explosive Child


Self-Regulation Programs for parents/teachers to teach children:

  • Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum


Handwriting books/programs:

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Loops and Other Groups


Written by Kara Syrek, OTR/L, occupational therapist at NTS Therapy 


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