The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder by Dr. Roya Ostovar, Ph.D.- A Book Review

The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder by Dr. Roya Ostovar, Ph.D.- A Book Review

“How would you feel living in that house? What would it be like for you? Would you feel uncomfortable, frustrated, angry, disorganized or lost? ….would probably lead you to behave differently…reactions…might be out of your control…” This tails a straight forward, clever explanation of a real-life occurrence that is in turn related to sensory processing disorder in Dr. Roya Ostovar’sThe Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder-Easy, Everyday Solutions to Sensory Challenges”.

As many as 1 in 20 people are effected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in the United States alone, according to the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation. Many parents have received this diagnosis for a child recently, or are still attempting to understand it; and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is not an easy disorder to understand. The workings of the senses in an over-sensitive, over-loaded, or under-loaded system can be difficult to grasp or treat when your system operates ‘normally’.

Simple online searches or a visit to the library, even recommendations and literature from your pediatrician is bountiful, but how much of this information is understandable? In the journey to help those effected with SPD, deciphering this information and relating it to your child, or understanding what your child’s Occupational Therapist is reporting can be frustrating. The frustration can easily lead to giving up on helping your child or implementing the wrong sensory diet. An easy to understand, clearly laid out source of information is needed.

The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder” by Roya Ostovar, Ph.D. is such a resource. With the forward written by best-selling special needs author Carol Kranowitz, Dr. Ostovar presents real life, relatable examples of various forms of SPD. This well-rounded, clearly presented resource brings the obscure into focus from the beginning of a diagnosis, to implementing a sensory diet, even including differentiation of SPD from other ‘look-alike’ disorders. Throughout the book, Dr. Ostovar utilizes current research, presents appropriate and realistic techniques and interlaces stories of children who are working to manage their SPD.

Pencil in hand, you will undoubtedly find examples that mirror your child, jot notes of suggested strategies to fine tune your present sensory diet, as well as find a sense of relief in having an invaluable, comprehensive resource helping you gain the knowledge necessary to help someone affected by Sensory Processing Disorder. Not only do I highly recommend “The Ultimate Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder-Easy, Everyday Solutions to Sensory Challenges”, but I already find myself returning to it to solidify my own working knowledge of my son with Sensory Processing Disorder. You can find this book online at: Future Horizons (get 15% off when you checkout with the code “SPECIAL”), Borders, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

About the Author:

Roya Ostovar, Ph.D., is a clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Center for Neurodevelopmental Services (CNS) at McLean Hospital, an innovative program that provides services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She has served as a consultant to many schools and programs on developing appropriate and effective educational and behavioral programs for students with special needs. You can visit her site at


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About the Author:

Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate.

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