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The following books were instrumental in my formation of both the Zone’in, Move’in and Unplug’in programs and the Foundation Series Workshops. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the following authors for their profound work and insight into what can be often a very confusing and troubling area, children with Sensory Processing Disorders.

– Cris Rowan

Impact of Technology on Children

Child Development and Learning

Education of Children

    Impact of Technology on Children

Virtual Child The Terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children
by Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT Published by Createspace of Amazon

Children now use an average 8 hours per day of entertainment technology with profound impact on their physical, mental, social and academic development.

One third of North American children enter school developmentally delayed, and child obesity is now a national epidemic. One in six children has a diagnosed mental illness, with child aggression and unmanageable behaviour increasingly the norm. One in six children cannot pay attention and require learning assistance.

With research now showing causal links between physical, mental, social and academic disorders in children who overuse technology, schools and homes continue to escalate unrestricted use.

Virtual Child offers parents, health and education professionals innovative tools and techniques to enhance child development and academic performance, while managing balanced use of technology. Modifications to home and school structure and environment, serve to ensure that every new millennium child will achieve a healthy, productive and sustainable future.

Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control
by Hilarie Cash and Kim Mcdaniel

Video games are now firmly embedded in the cultural identity of America s teenagers. It is now estimated that 90 percent of our youth are playing video games. They are using handheld devices or full-fledged, Internet-based, multiplayer games.

Most are nonchalant about them, enjoying them as part of the many things they do for pleasurable entertainment, integrating them into their lives without harmful effect. Others, however, have grown so dependent on these games that they are abandoning their lives to pursue this activity, which they seem to prefer above all others.

Video Games & Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control is for parents who are worried that their children may be spending too much time playing video games. Based on research and the author s clinical experience, the book explains what gaming addiction is, how much gaming is too much, and the effects gaming has on the body and brain.

The authors give gaming advice on each stage of life; birth-2 years, ages 2-6, elementary school years, adolescence, and adult children still living at home. Where there is a problem, the authors provide parents with tools that will help them successfully set limits for their children.

Hooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction
by Andrew P Doan and Brooke Strickland

Hooked on Games is written by Brooke Strickland and Andrew Doan, MD, PhD, a physician with a research background in neuroscience, who battled his own addictions with video games. Dr. Doan was an addicted gamer, who at his peak, invested over 20,000 hours of playing games over a period of nine years.

Dr. Doan's reckless compulsion to play games transformed him into a monster that almost destroyed his family, marriage, and career. He shares his expertise to educate others on the dangers of video game addiction and to provide hope for video game addicts and their families. Dr. Doan shares steps for gaming addicts to achieve recovery and steps for families and loved ones to intervene. Without attention to this quickest growing addiction, our society will suffer from the creation of Generation Vidiot, millions of people devoid of innovation and skills to live in the physical world.

iDisorder – Understanding Our Obsessions with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us
by Larry D. Rosen

iDisorder: changes to your brain's ability to process information and your ability to relate to the world due to your daily use of media and technology resulting in signs and symptoms of psychological disorders - such as stress, sleeplessness, and a compulsive need to check in with all of your technology. Based on decades of research and expertise in the "psychology of technology," Dr. Larry Rosen offers clear, down-to-earth explanations for why many of us are suffering from an "iDisorder."

Rosen offers solid, proven strategies to help us overcome the iDisorder we all feel in our lives while still making use of all that technology offers. Our world is not going to change, and technology will continue to penetrate society even deeper leaving us little chance to react to the seemingly daily additions to our lives. Rosen teaches us how to stay human in an increasingly technological world.

Talking Back to Facebook – The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age
by James P. Steyer

Now, more than ever, parents need help in navigating their kids’ online, media-saturated lives. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading kidsand- media organization, and the father of four children, knows that many parents and teachers—unlike their technology-savvy kids—may be tourists in the online world. In this essential book, Steyer—a frequent commentator on national TV and radio— offers an engaging blend of straightforward advice and anecdotes that address what he calls RAP, the major pitfalls relating to kids’ use of media and technology: relationship issues, attention/addiction problems, and the lack of privacy.

Instead of shielding children completely from online images and messages, Steyer’s practical approach gives parents essential tools to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make common sense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages. Not just about Facebook, this comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the online world, media, and mobile devices belongs in the hands of all parents and educators raising kids in today’s digital age.

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
by Leonard Sax

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A’s, her brother Justin is goofing off. He’s more concerned about getting to the next level in his videogame than about finishing his homework. Now, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to videogames, to medication.

In the Shadows of the Net: Breaking Free of Compulsive Online Sexual Behavior
by Patrick J. Carnes, David L. Delmonico, Elizabeth Griffin and Joseph M. Moriarity

As Internet usage has exploded in recent years, so has the prevalence of compulsive online sexual behavior--a problem first addressed five years ago by Patrick Carnes and coauthors of the breakthrough book, In The Shadows of the Net. Updated with the latest information, trends, and developments, the second edition equips readers with specific strategies for recognizing and changing compulsive sexual behaviors. Personal stories reveal how desperate life can become for online sex addicts--divorce, career loss, and financial ruin are common outcomes. More importantly the authors set forth a path for breaking free from compulsive online sexual behavior and sustaining lifelong recovery.

Internet Addiction: A Handbook and Guide to Evaluation and Treatment
by Kimberly S. Young and Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu

"This book provides cutting-edge coverage by expanding the field to include specific problems such as online gaming, cybersex addiction, and gambling addiction. Its extensive attention to dealing with adolescents is essential, given the rapid rise in media and technology use by both Net Generation young adults and iGeneration teenagers. I am thrilled to have this invaluable, comprehensive, well-written resource for my own work and recommend it to people who need to understand this unique form of addiction." Dr. Larry Rosen, Past Chair and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, author of Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learnand Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation.

Tangled in the Web: Understanding Cybersex from Fantasy to Addiction
by Kimberly S. Young

Tangled in the Web offers a critical look at cybersex fantasy and its potential for addiction and provides a comprehensive plan for recovery to help individuals hooked on adult chat rooms, online pornography, web cam sex, or a cyberaffair.

Caught in the Net: How to Recognize the Signs of Internet Addiction and a Winning Strategy for Recovery
by Kimberly S. Young

Internet addiction is real. Like alcoholism, drug addiction, or compulsive gambling, it has devastating effects on the lives of addicts and their families: divorce, job loss, falling productivity at work, failure in school, and, in extreme cases, criminal behavior. The problem has already reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and the number of "netaholics" continues to grow rapidly as more households and businesses go on-line. Yet, until now, no one from the mental health community has come forward with a specific description of Internet addiction and its effects or a strategy for treatment and recovery.

Simply Lost for Words: A Father’s journey into loss
by Alan Balser, MA

“There is an almost pathological need for the western world to eke out every micro second of connection and to be linked in all moments, whether by face to face dialogue or space to space cyber chat”.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age Hardcover
by EdD. Steiner-Adair Catherine and Teresa H. Barker

As the focus of the family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends or going online to do homework; parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from damaging exposure to excessive marketing and the unsavory aspects of adult culture. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. The digital world is here to stay, but what are families losing with technology's gain?

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
by Jerry Manzer, Published by Quill Publishing Company.

This book from the 70′s is the first ever to advocate that the medium of television is not reformable. It’s problems are inherent to the technology itself and are so dangerous-to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes-that TV ought to be eliminated forever. Personal experiences and meticulous research, Manzer ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are “neutral” benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is doubtful. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, “As absurd as speaking of the reform of the technology such as guns”. One has to wonder why we as a society continue to burry our heads deep in the sand when information regarding the adverse effects of television technology has been around for over 40 years.

“The case against TV has never been made more effectively. It should be read by all addicts and anyone contemplating participation in the destruction of the mind to which TV leads.”
– Ashley Montague, Anthropologist and Author of The Nature of Human Aggression.

Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology
by Neil Postman, Published by Vintage Publishing Company.

With characteristic whit and candor, Neil Postman launches a trenchant-an harrowing-warning against the tyranny of machines over man in the late 20th century. He postulates that we live in a time when our physical well being is determined by Cat Scan results, and believes that facts need substantiation of statistical study. Mr. Postman believes that we live in a Technopoly-a self justifying, self perpetuated system where in technology of every kind is cheerfully granted sovereignty over social institutions and national life. Mr. Postman’s previous book titled Amusing Ourselves to Death chronicles our transformation from a society that uses technology to one that is shaped by it. Technopoly is a disturbing, passionate cry filled with the humane rationalism, and asserts that technology, placed within the context of our larger human goals and social values, is an invaluable instrument for furthering the most worthy human endeavors.

Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think – And What We Can Do About It
Dr. Jane M. Healy, PhD., Published by Simon and Schuster Publishing Company.

Dr. Healy beautifully traces the root of America’s escalating crisis in education, examining how television, videogames and other components of popular culture compromise our children’s abilities to concentrate to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and analysis of current educational practices, Dr. Healy presents in clear and understandable language:

  • How growing brains are physically shaped by experience
  • Why television programs – even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street – develop “habits of mind” that place children at a disadvantage at school
  • Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder
  • How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born.

“Provocative, scholarly, and timely. Society may actually be changing our children’s brain for the worst.”
– Louise Bates Ames, Jeselle Institute of Human Development.

Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children’s Minds-For Better or Worse
by Dr. Jane M. Healy, PhD., Published by Simon and Schuster Publishing Company.

In his comprehensive practical and unsettling look at computers in children’s lives, Dr. Healy questions whether computers are really helping or harming children’s development. Once a bedazzled enthusiast of educational computing but now a troubled skeptic, Dr. Healy examines the advantages and drawbacks of computer use for kids at home and school, exploring its effects on children’s health, creativity, brain development, and social and emotional growth. Dr. Healy profiles how educational government are allocating scarce education funding to wire every classroom to the internet, and describes how software companies turn out “educational computer programs” even for preschoolers while school administrators cut funding and space for books, the arts, music and physical education to make room for new computer hardware, our children’s health and wellbeing are put in jeopardy. Dr. Healy eloquently points out that few people stop to consider the computers, used incorrectly may do more harm than good.

“If Jefferson, Bach and Einstien had been reared on PC’s, would we now have the Declaration of Independence, The Pashion According to St. Matthew and the Theory of Relativity? Not likely, if arguments marshaled by Jane Healy are correct, failure to connect sounds like a wake up call for teachers and parents who believe that computers alone with solve our educational problem. The bottom line: adult attention rather than Gigabytes is what makes children grow.”
– Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Creativity.

Everything That Is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter
by Steven Johnson, Published by Riverhead Books Publishing Company.

An interesting “devils advocate” read, social and cultural critic Steven Johnson proposes that the technology culture we use every day, has been growing more and more sophisticated with each passing year, posing new cognitive challenges that are actually making our minds measurably sharper. This book supports my theory that technology is not bad if used with respect, knowledge and balance. I think as a society we need to consider the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding limiting TV and videogame use to no more than one to two hours per day, with no technology prior to the age of two years.

The Fix: How addiction is invading your lives and taking over the world
by Damian Thompson.

InThe Fix, Damian Thompson takes a controversial position on addiction, positioning it not as disease but as choice. A recovering alcoholic and journalist, Thompson lays out a brilliant cultural analysis of contemporary addictions and explains how capitalism and modern society drive them.

The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation Of Life
by Dr. Robert O. Becker, M.D., Published by Quill Publishing Company.

The Body Electric tells a fascinating story of our bioelectric cells. Dr. Becker, pioneer in the field of regeneration and relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the human body. While Dr. Becker explores the theory that electricity is vital to life, he also offers insight and knowledge into the detrimental effects of electromagnetic radiation, and low frequency radio waves, found in today’s technology of TV use, computers, cell phones and electrical appliances. An interesting read for those people who are seeking definitive evidence regarding relationships of too much electricity and learning difficulties such as the causal links between living under power lines and learning difficulties.

Crosscurrents: The Parallels of Electroputions and the Promise of Electromedicine
by Dr. Robert O. Becker, Published by Penguin Incorporated.

Dr. Becker does an awesome job in illustrating how electromagnetic fields are putting our health at serious risk, profiling how research and their findings correlates electromagnetic radiation increases cancer, birth defects, depression, learning disabilities, Chronic Fatigue Sydrome, Altzheimers, AIDS and Sudden Infant Death Sydrome. In this groundbreaking book Dr. Becker explains how new and nontraditional healing techniques such as acupuncture, homeopathy, visualization, hypnosis and electrotherapy work through an invisible common source – the body’s electrical system. Dr. Becker offers practical ways to protect ourselves in our home, schools and offices from the hazardous effects of electromagnetic pollution and teaches us how to engage the healing energy of electromagnetism.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
by Richard Louv.

In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

The Brain’s Sense of Movement
by Dr. Alain Berthoz.

The neuroscientist Alain Berthoz experimented on Russian astronauts in space to answer these questions: How does weightlessness affect motion? How are motion and three-dimensional space perceived? In this erudite and witty book, Berthoz describes how human beings on earth perceive and control bodily movement. Reviewing a wealth of research in neurophysiology and experimental psychology, he argues for a rethinking of the traditional separation between action and perception, and for the division of perception into five senses.

Touching: The Healing Significance of the Skin
by Dr. Ashley Montague, Professor of Anthropology and Anatomy.

This landmark book is an impressive examination of the importance of touching. "All professionals concerned with human behavior will find something of value. . . . Parents . . . can gain insight into the nurturing needs of infants."—Janet Rhoads, American Journal of Occupational Therapy

The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life
by Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens.

Gurian presents a whole new way of solving the "boy's crisis "problem based on the success of his program in schools across the country, the latest research and application of neuro-biological research on how boys' brains actually work and how they can learn very well if they're properly taught.

Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference
by Dr. Laura E. Berk, Professor of Psychology.

arents and teachers today face a swirl of conflicting theories about child rearing and educational practice. Indeed, current guides are contradictory, oversimplified, and at odds with current scientific knowledge. Now, in Awakening Children's Minds, Laura Berk cuts through the confusion of competing theories, offering a new way of thinking about the roles of parents and teachers and how they can make a difference in children's lives.

Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origin and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
by Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D.

Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.

How to build habit forming products
by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover.

This book introduces readers to the "Hook Model", a four steps process technology production companies use to build customer habits.

Game Addiction: The experience and the effects
by Neils Clark and P. Shavaun Scott.

The topic of addiction is examined neutrally, using accepted research in neuroscience, media studies, and developmental psychology.

Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents
by Amy B. Jordan and Daniel Romer.

Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents brings together many of the field's most important scholars and media professionals to present cutting-edge theory and empirical research on both the benefits and risks to youth development. It examines the role that media play in the every-day lives of young people and their families, and considers both traditional media such as television and movies as well as "new" digital media, such as video games, cell phones, and the Internet.

Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains
by Susan Greenfield.

In Mind Change, Susan Greenfield discusses the all-pervading technologies that now surround us, and from which we derive instant information, connected identity, diminished privacy and exceptionally vivid here-and-now experiences.

Media Violence and Children: A Complete Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Douglas A. Gentile.

There are many opinions about media violence and children, but not all are supported by science. In this book, the top experts gather the latest results from 50 years of scientific study as the basis for a comprehensive, in-depth examination of the complex issues surrounding the effects of media violence of different types. Each chapter focuses on a particular issue of concern, including "hot" topics such as brain development, cyber-bullying, video games, and verbal aggression.

The Glass Cage - Automation and Us
by Nicholas Carr.

At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age
by Catherine Steiner-Adair.

Clinical psychologist and family therapist Steiner-Adair explores the changes in the dynamics of family life when there are fewer conversations around the dinner table, fewer play dates with children actually physically playing together, and fewer pretend games.

Child Development and Learning

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Defecit Disorder
by Richard Louv, Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Division of Workman Publishing.

This is a ground breaking work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors and accurately and passionately links the absence of nature in the lives of today’s “wired” generation to some of the most disturbing childhood trends: the rise of obesity, attention disorders and depression. This is the first book to bring together a body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. This book assisted in the formation of my Zone’in and Move’in programs, and supports my theory that we have not evolved as the human species to adapt to the loss of nature in our lives over the past hundred years. More than just raising alarm, Richard Louv offers practical solutions to heal the broken bond between children and nature.

“Luke’s case for a drug-free nature cure for many modern ills is to tantalizing to ignore”
– Auducun Magazine

“Parents, educators, therapists and city officials can benefit from taking seriously Louv’s call for a nature/child reunion.”
– Scientific American

The Brain’s Sense of Movement
by Dr. Alain Berthoz, Published by Harvard University Press.

For those who are interested in the neuroscience of movement, Dr. Berthoz describes how human beings perceive and control bodily movements. In his view, perception and cognition are inherently predictive, functioning to allow us to anticipate the consequences of current or potential actions. The brain acts like a simulator that is constantly inventing models to project into the changing world-models that are corrected by steady, minutes seen back from the world. This interpretation of perception and action allows Dr. Berthoz to focus on the psychological phenomena largely ignored in standard tests: proprioception and kinaesthesis, the mechanisms that maintain balance and coordinate actions, and basic perceptual and memory processes in children’s navigation of their world. Dr. Berthoz is a professor and directs the laboratory of physiology of perception and action in France.

Touching: The Healing Significance of the Skin
by Dr. Ashley Montague, Professor of Anthropology and Anatomy, Published by Harper and Row Publishing Company.

If ever there was a book that substantiated the essential need for touch, using ethnological and ethnographic data, research and laboratory investigations, this is it. Utilizing her findings in psychology, biology and zoology, Dr. Montague produces that characterizes touch as a neglected sense and describes why touching is as basic a human need as breathing, eating and resting. Without touching, healthy human development is not possible. Dr. Montague’s book is a cornerstone for the importance of tactile input, and is an integral adjunct to Sensory Integration Theory and training for Occupational Therapists who work with children and adults alike.

The Minds of Boys: Saving Our Sons from Falling Behind in School and Life
by Michale Gurian and Kathy Stevens, Published by Joffey-Cass Publishing Company.

This wonderful book chronicles the reality that our boys and young men are falling behind in school and life, receiving the majority of C’s and F’s given all students, they create 90% of the classroom discipline problem. 80% of all high school dropouts are boys, millions of American boys are on Ritalin and other drugs, three out of four learning disabled students are boys, and colleges are struggling to retain male students. This startling trend is not only bad for boys, but also for parents, communities and for humanity’s future in general. The Minds of Boys fills a great void for parents and educators by offering practical ways to change the developmental course for boys at risk.

Awakening Children’s Minds: How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference
by Dr. Laura E. Berk, Professor of Psychology, Published by Oxford Press.

In this state of the art book about child rearing and early education, Dr. Berk shows how parents and teachers play a part in the development of competent, caring, well adjusted children. In particular, she argues that adult-child communication in shared activities is the foundation of psychological development. These dialogues enhance language skills, reasoning ability, problem solving strategies, the capacity to bring action under the control of thought, and a child’s natural and moral values. In addition to providing clear roles for parents and teachers, Berk also offers concrete suggestions for creating and evaluating quality educational environments-at home, in childcare, in preschool, and in primary school-and addresses unique challenges helping children with special needs.

Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origin and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
by Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D., Published by Vintage Canada Publishing Company.

Dr. Maté in Scattered Minds delightfully demonstrates the following:

  • ADHD is not an inherited illness, but a reversible impairment, developmental delay. ADD circuits in the brain who’s job is emotional self regulation and attention control failed to develop in infancy.
  • “Tuning out” and destructibility are the psychological products of life experience, from utero onward.

Dr. Maté allows parents to understand what makes their ADD children tick, and adults with ADD to be an insight into their emotions and behaviors. Dr. Maté presents a program of how to promote this development in children and adults alike.

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
by Temple Grandin, published by Scribner Publishing Company.

This book is deeply moving and a triumph on many levels, not the least the understanding of Autism and the discoveries of a gifted human being. Temple Grandin uses her vast knowledge acquired from attaining a PhD in animal behavior, and wonderfully combines this with her experiences as an adult woman with Autism, to yield a book rich with insight and complexities of children with Autism. Animal lovers, parents and teachers of children with Autism, as well as therapists will be thoroughly charmed by this book.

Observations based on Sensory Integration Theory
by Erna Imperatore Blanch, PhD., OTR, FAOTA, publisher Pediatric Therapy Network.

In this two part DVD and workbook assessment for Occupational Therapists, Dr. Irna Blanch brings a unique perspective and sense of authenticity to Sensory Integration Assessments. This assessment closely follows Dr. Blanch’s work with Dr. Jean Aires and offers Occupational Therapists, and other related allied health professionals specializing in pediatrics, the opportunity to develop skills in a non-standardized assessment of Sensory Integrative function. The observations demonstrated in this program can be utilized for a broad range of children of varying ages and developmental levels in a variety of situations, eg. clinic, school and home.

Sensory Integration Theory and Practice
by Anita C. Bundy, Shelly J. Lane and Elizabeth A. Murray, published by F. A. Davis Publishing Company.

The classic text book for Sensory Integration practitioners, providing authoritative information on theory, assessment, intervention and research related to Sensory Integrative dysfunction. The second edition explores research first pioneered by the late Dr. Jean Ayres incorporating many new case studies and offers the reader accurate information regarding neurological base of sensory integrative disorder, and offers an in depth explanation regarding sensory modulation and praxis issues. A good overall text book for those therapists seeking research based sensory integrative therapies.

Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived
by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, Published by Khay House Publishing.

An insightful book offering information regarding Indigo Children and offers a very positive and empowering explanation for some of the attributes we are seeing in “today’s child”. This book offers an alternative view of children with ADHD and accurately questions use of Ritalin with these children, and offers effective alternatives to medication.

Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder; A Family Guide to Understanding and Supporting Your Sensory-Sensitive Child
by Christopher R. Auer, M.A. and Susan L. Blumberd, PhD., Published by New Harbinger Publications.

Finally a book written by a parent with a child diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder! This book describes the symptoms of SPD and offers an overview of what it means to live with and care for a child with the condition. It provides a range of activities that help strengthen family relationships, improve communication about the disorder, and deal with problem situations and conditions a child with SPD may encounter. Throughout, the book stresses the importance of whole-family involvement in the care of a child with SPD, making sure that everyone is given the attention they need. Finally, you’ll read real life stories providing ideas you can put to work in your own family.

The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction
by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., Published by Perigee Publishing.

One of the first and leading guides to parents and teachers of children with Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, and offers a drug-free approach to offer new hope for struggling children. This book offers practical help to parents and teachers who wonder why certain children just don’t “fit in”, and offers detailed and practical help for children with Sensory Integration problems.

The Out-Of-Sync Child has Fun; Activities for kids with Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
by Carol Stock Kranowitz M.A., Published by Penigee Publishing.

This is a practical followup book to the Out-Of-Sync Child and is chalk full of a number of games and fun filled activities to help your “Out-Of-Sync child” strengthen their sensory processing skills. This book features more than 100 playful activities that are SAFE – Sensory -Motor, Appropriate, Fun and Easy – to help develop and organize child’s brain and body. These activities work at home, school and out in the world to add a few more smiles to your child’s face.

The GoodEnough Get In Sync
by Carol Stock Kranowitz M.A., Published by Sensory Resources, LLC.

A delightful book geared for 8-12 year old children with Sensory Processing difficulties to help them understand more about this disorder, and how their sensory systems develop. The GoodEnough are a family of 5 who have varying degrees of Sensory Processing disorders, as well as a naughty dog, and this book portrays how they get “In Sync” after a tough day.

Sensory Secrets: How to Jump Start Learning in Children
by Catherine Chemin Schneider, OTR, Published by Concerned Communications Publishing Company.

Sensory Secrets provides important information to expand our understanding of children, their behaviors and learning. It’s a “must read” for everyone who spends time with children. Sensory Secrets is a great book for parents of young children with Sensory Processing Disorder who are preparing their children for an academic environment.

A Nation of Wimps: the High Cost of Invasive Parenting
by Hara Estroff Marano.

Examines the link between over-parenting and the resulting generation of dependent, medicated, and emotionally fragile children, and offers advice on balancing control and freedom to foster children's coping skills.

The Emotional Incest Syndrome: What to do When a Parent's Love Rules Your Life
by Natalie Coulter.

A ground-breaking work that identifies, explores and treats the harmful effects that emotionally and psychologically invasive parents have on their children, and provides a program for overcoming the chronic problems that can result.

Tweening the Girl : The Crystallization of the Tween Market
by Dr. Patricia Love and Jo Robinson.

Explores how in the 1980s young girls were given the label "tweens" and were heralded by marketers, and subsequently the news media, as one of "capitalism's most valuable customers". Traces the emergence of the tween during this era, as she slowly became known to the consumer marketplace as a lucrative customer, market, and audience.

Infant/Child Mental Health, Early Intervention, and Relationship-Based Therapies. A Neurorelational Framework for Interdisciplinary Practice
by Connie Lillas.

A ground breaking neuroscientific understanding of infant and child development, including a CD-ROM with supplementary worksheets, figures and tables.

    Education of Children

Learning in a Digitalized Age: Plugged in, turned on, totally engaged?
Edited by Lawrence Burke.

Cris Rowan authored one chapter in a new book edited by Lawrence Burke which seeks a critical and informed answer to one of the most important educational question of the day: how successful will learners be in the digital age?

Green Mama: What Parents Need to Know to Give Their Children a Healthy Start and a Greener Future
by Manda Aufochs Gillespie.

Green Mama will help you get back to the basics, at a time when the "basics" are being redefined: clear air, nutritious food, simple play, healthy indoor and outdoor environments, and less stuff. With a mix of science and family wisdom, Manda covers prenatal care for mothers-to-be, breastfeeding, detoxifying the nursery, cloth versus disposable diapers, baby skincare, feeding a family, and more.

Proust And The Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
by Maryanne Wolf.

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child's life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts.

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning
Edited by Chip Donohue.

This book provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age.

Connecting With Nature Guide
by David Suzuki.

School-based guide for connecting children back to nature; for grades 4-6.