This is the story of Ben, a lively and active boy, who finds the sensory experiences within his day to be overwhelming.
Loud noises vibrate through his body and “shoes and socks bother him… they never feel just right”.
This can make it hard for Ben to be a good student. But don’t worry, his teacher and mum know what to do to help him through his day.
At the end of the story there is information on what Sensory Processing Disorder is and strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to help these children stay calm and focused.
Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom
Robyn and Joanne are sisters who are passionate about getting the word out there about these wonderful children, who are overwhelmed by everyday sensory experiences and are often labelled as “the naughty child”.
Robyn Sims is a paediatric occupational therapist who works in private practice with many children with sensory challenges. She is co-director of Magnetic Moves and co-presents workshops on SPD.
Joanne Larcom is mother to four beautiful children, one of whom has sensory processing challenges. She is co-director of Magnetic Moves and presents workshops on SPD with Robyn.
Helen Devenish is a North Queensland artist who has been painting and creating beautiful pieces of art for over 30 years.
“I’d never heard of sensory processing disorder before my child was diagnosed with it. Reading Ben’s School Daze, you could substitute my child’s name for Ben’s and the story would read like a day in the life of our family. This simple rhyming book offers support and understanding for both sensory kids and those who live with them – family, friends and teachers.” – Kyabra Staff
“A just-right story to read at home and school! For children and adults – with and without sensory issues – it captures how it feels to be in Ben’s shoes” – Carol Kranowitz, Author, The Out-of-Sync Child
“A book that parents and teachers alike have been waiting for. “Awareness brings Understanding” you have managed to succinctly provide this within the pages of this valuable book. The artwork perfectly depicts many of the little faces we so commonly see as they struggle through a world that at many times feels overwhelming” Tracey Butler, Director SPD Australia & Links to Learning