Emily's Sister: A Family's Journey With Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

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Your Stories Matter, Jan 31, 2017 - Juvenile Fiction - 66 pages

Emily’s sister is different from other children she knows. She seems to struggle with things most of us just do naturally. In this delightfully illustrated story, based upon real family experiences, Emily discovers how to understand and help her sister live a happier life.

This story, written by the parent of a child with Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), paves the way for parents, teachers and medical professionals to discuss these specific learning difficulties with children (aged around 7-9).

Unlike most other books on the subject, this book has been written from a child's perspective: enabling young people to ask questions of the story in a non-threatening way and encouraging them to discover how it relates to them. This book can be shared with children having special needs, their family, or their classmates.

As with all of its books, the publisher - Your Stories Matter – aims to help people know they are not alone with what makes them different. If a young person or adult can relate to a story, it gives them hope and encourages them to share their concerns. The publisher aims to provide free teaching resources for all of its books that can be used in schools, to help improve understanding and celebrate differences.


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Often times the best stories are not about made-up people, events, and places, but are instead about the real life challenges of ordinary people Emily's Sister illustrates this point by delicately exploring Emily’s initial learning of Sensory Processing Disorder and Dyspraxia. This book is so poignant and enlightening as it focuses on Emily’s emotional journey as the sibling of an individual with a disability and her emotional growth. Emily and her family learn from Occupational Therapists’ how to implement strategies into their daily lives that improve all of their lives. This book is offering inspiration and hope to anyone who has a sibling with a disability. This book comes highly recommended.
-Dr. Lynne A. Oberle, Ph.D., MSOL, OTR/L

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A great way to get child and adult talking about dyspraxia (aka DCD) or sensory processing disorder. This short novel aimed at families with 7 to 9 year olds, takes the clever approach of telling the story through the eyes of Emily, a girl who wants to learn more about why her younger sister Elizabeth acts the way she does. The book, based upon a true story, explains in child-friendly terms what it is like to be a child with dyspraxia/SPD. There aren't enough books out there that deal with this topic from the child's perspective. It could be used by families, schools and medical practitioners. 

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About the author (2017)

Michele Gianetti is a registered nurse, who previously worked as a school nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom and eventually an advocate for her second child, who has special needs. She and her husband, an Internal Medicine physician, make their home in Ohio. They are also parents to their older daughter Emily and son Michael.

Seeing the love between her children, through it all, was the motivation for Gianetti writing this children’s book. The hope is that by helping siblings understand their special brother or sister, it will help draw them closer as friends.

Gianetti also wrote a book about her daughter's life and journey with dyspraxia and SPD entitled “ I Believe In You: a Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey”. The book is available on her website, amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com

The author maintains a blog on her website, which is devoted to her daughter Elizabeth, at www.michelegianetti.com as well as a Facebook page titled the same as her book “I Believe In You”.