“Ellie Bean the Drama Queen”…Maybe people passing say. Unruly, spoiled, lover of attention, screamer for no reason rather than play. A book about a little girl who twirls and twirls and twirls, and has tags in her shirt causing her so much pain. Finally she finds what makes her feel balanced in occupational therapy. And the drama queen goes away.
What a delightful children’s book depicting sensory processing disorder in children and how it might look to others. One of the best parts about “Ellie Bean the Drama Queen” by Jennie Harding (illustrated by David Padgett) is that the child is Ellie Bean…a girl.
Most children’s books teaching of or explaining Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) are of boys in similar experiences. “Ellie Bean the Drama Queen” will be a welcome and easy connection for the girls learning to navigate their own SPD. My family and I have enjoyed this book immensely. It’s even fun for the neurotypically developing child; quite possibly, it also helps neurotypical children understand their friends with SPD.
About The Author:
Jennie Harding and her husband, Scott, live in Maumee, Ohio, along with their two children-Colin and Ellie. Jennie has taught for 14 years and has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in moderate-to-intense special education. Ellie, now age 7, has been receiving occupational therapy for sensory processing difficulties since the age of 4. Jennie’s desire to educate herself and help Ellie and others with SPD was her purpose for writing this book. Jennie’s passion for teaching and love for her daughter motivated her to become an SPD parent-connections host. She hopes to offer support and knowledge to other parents to better help their own children with special needs.