Psychological Interventions for Children with Sensory Dysregulation (Hardcover)
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Sensory processing difficulties can lead to puzzling, hard-to-treat emotional and behavioral challenges in children and adolescents. For example, children who can't filter normal background sounds may seem anxious, those oversensitive to touch may seem phobic, and those who seek sensory input may appear hyperactive. Filled with case vignettes, this highly informative guide helps mental health clinicians recognize and address sensory dysregulation that may co-occur with or be misdiagnosed as anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other psychological or behavioral problems. In rich detail, the authors illustrate how to modify cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based interventions to meet this population's unique needs and make treatment more effective. Reproducible clinical tools can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
About the Author
Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC, is a clinician at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she has worked with children and adults with anxiety and related disorders since the mid-1980s. She has led many workshops, seminars, and training programs and has written articles for journals and newsletters. A member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center, Ms. Golomb is coauthor of two books, including A Parent Guide to Hair Pulling Disorder (with Suzanne Mouton-Odum).
Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine and a psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral treatment for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Mouton-Odum is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and past president of both the Texas Psychological Foundation and the Houston Psychological Association. She has published numerous scientific journal articles, presents at national conferences, and is coauthor of two books for the general public.
"This thought-provoking book shows that when traditional CBT or medication management fails, it may be because a child's underlying sensory differences require a different perspective. Golomb and Mouton-Odum describe how to effectively combine CBT and sensory therapies. They utilize a balance of techniques--exposure, sensory intervention, coping skills, and counter-conditioning--to help children build better tolerance for sensory stimuli. All clinicians who work with children will benefit from this fresh integration of psychological and occupational therapy frameworks. The book is filled with practical strategies and helpful vignettes that are obviously harvested from years of clinical experience."--Daniel G. Shapiro, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Rockville, Maryland
"Sensory issues underlie many childhood anxieties. A kid may refuse certain foods or fear thunder because of sensory overload rather than irrational beliefs. When mental health professionals understand the possible physiological reasons for dysregulated behavior, they can help children succeed by using the smart intervention strategies presented in this important and readable book."--Carol S. Kranowitz, MA, author of The Out-of-Sync Child
"A much-needed book that fills a void in our understanding of how sensory issues may affect children's feelings and behavior, leading to challenges in treatment. This book reflects the authors’ deep clinical expertise and provides pearls of wisdom that bring clarity to complexity, along with a systematic roadmap for assessment and treatment. Easy to read, and full of helpful examples, it is a reference that therapists will pick up often."--Aureen Pinto Wagner, PhD, Director, The Anxiety Wellness Center, Cary, North Carolina
"Golomb and Mouton-Odum provide comprehensive guidelines for the process of identifying, assessing, and targeting sensory stimulus triggers and problematic behavior for therapeutic intervention. The authors draw on their substantial clinical expertise, knowledge, and research to describe the adverse impact of overresponsiveness, underresponsiveness, and sensation-seeking behavior on academic, social-emotional, and daily living skills in children. The text is an important source of information for psychologists, counselors, social workers, and occupational therapists, as well as students in these fields….The text would be an excellent addition to the library of mental health professionals working with children and adolescents.”
"A timely text on an issue of increasing relevance and awareness in the general public….Can be helpful for therapists dealing with children, adults, and families as it provides an additional layer of information which can be incorporated into assessment and then treatment.”
— Child and Family Behavior Therapy