Building strong skills for self-regulation and improving quality of life for families is the focus of this revolutionary book on sensory-sensitive learning for children who struggle with common activities of daily living.
Using a metaphor of building a house, Rondalyn Whitney and Wendy Pickren guide you through strategies to balance the scales of sensation with collaboration, critical reasoning and problem solving. Activities, recipes, case studies, unique worksheets and journal logs incorporate a WISER approach to resolving disruptions in functional development and creating optimal outcomes.
Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist, educator, and researcher with over 20 years of experience. Her work focuses on the family as a system and she specializes in pediatric mental health and reducing barriers to family quality of life for families of children with autism and related disorders. Dr. Whitney is a prolific author, including Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Asperger's (TarcherPerigee, 2008); Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders (Prufrock Press, 2013); and Self-Regulation: A Family Systems Approach for Children with Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD & Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014). She is a featured author in The Out of Sync Child Has Fun (TarcherPerigee, 2006), Sensory Focus Magazine, Today in OT and OT Practice.
Dr. Whitney presents nationally and internationally on ASD, sensory processing, family quality of life, therapeutic humor, social skills program development and related topics. She is a pioneer of innovative social programs which serve as a model for many programs utilized today. Dr. Whitney is a recognized leader in the American Occupational Therapy Association and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and has an advanced practice designation in Feeding and Swallowing from the state of California. Dr. Whitney is an associate professor and chair of the OT Department at the Clarkson University in the North Country of New York. Her research interests are in family quality of life, family resilience, and sensory processing as a barrier or support to social participation.
Financial: Dr. Rondalyn Varney Whitney maintains a private consulting practice. She is an associate professor at Clarkson University. She is an author for Perigee Press, Prufrock Press, and PESI Publishing and Media and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Rondalyn has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Rondalyn Varney Whitney is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupation Therapy Association of Maryland.
Wendy Pickren, MS, OTR/L is a co-founder of IT TAKES THE VILLAGE, a collaborative interdisciplinary treatment team providing occupational therapy, psychological counseling, speech therapy, and psychological and educational testing for children and families needing extra help.
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