Not Just Spirited ~ Sensory Processing Disorder

I have been reading a very interesting book by Chynna Laird regarding SPD that loving healing press sent to me to review. I find this subject very interesting as my youngest child has a very mild form of SPD. As a child she couldn’t stand the feel of things and her clothing had to be perfect, all tags had to be removed. Every morning she would go through several pairs of socks and several outfits with each one having an angry outburst or tantrum. She would put her shoes on and take them off over and over till they felt “right” to her. By the end of the morning she and I would both be exhausted. There were certain materials she just couldn’t touch or wear. Blankets were a huge problem, they had to be very soft and even then if it didn’t feel right she would get angry. Every morning was very trying with her but it doesn’t compare to the struggle this family went through. 

Not Just Spirited by Chynna T Laird


Book: Not Just Spirited  ~ A Mom’s Sensational Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Author: Chynna T. Laird.

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Sensory Integration Disorder ~ Sensory integration disorder or dysfunction (SID) is a neurological disorder that results from the brain’s inability to integrate certain information received from the body’s five basic sensory systems.(note the name was changed to SPD due to confusion with SID’S) These sensory systems are responsible for detecting sights, sounds, smell, tastes, temperatures, pain, and the position and movements of the body. The brain then forms a combined picture of this information in order for the body to make sense of its surroundings and react to them appropriately. The ongoing relationship between behavior and brain functioning is called sensory integration (SI), a theory that was first pioneered by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., OTR in the 1960s.

Chynna T Laird Author of Not Just Spirited
Chynna T Laird Author
Not Just Spirited is a moving, heart wrenching family’s experience with a child that has severe SPD.  It covers the first 6 years of the author’s daughter, Jamie’s life. You will see how it affects every aspect of the child’s life and the family’s interactions with her. The affects are devastating for the family and they struggle to get help for their daughter, the doctors keep saying she is high spirited and has behavior problems. Even though this is a difficult time the patience and love these parents have for their daughter is inspiring. Until she is nearly 3 they get no help with her.
They had a difficult time getting the doctor to admit there was a problem with Jaimie and refer them to the necessary people who could help. Her outbursts would be so intense she would injure herself with her tantrums hitting her head on the floor, she would kick her mother and make her lip bleed when her mom was just trying to change her diaper. Every feeling was a horrible experience for this poor girl and no one understood. Every experience she had was filled with fear due to her brain not being able to process normally. Something no one understood. You will experience the trauma and the hope this family has for their child.
I recommend this book be read by all parents and especially parents that have a child on the spectrum or a “high spirited” child or one that has issue with the way things feel and seem to over react to how clothing feels etc.. There is so much great information in this book, I truly enjoyed reading it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Publisher or Author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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