Is your child sensitive to or overwhelmed by different sensory inputs? Do they seek out sensory stimulation throughout the day? Has a therapist or other professional suggested your child would benefit from fidgets, weighted clothing, or other sensory soothing tools?

This book includes instructions for more than 30 projects. They range from simple tools that can be assembled in minutes to weekend endeavors where you can invest your time and love. The book also includes information about each sensory system and ways to modify the projects to meet individual needs.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book photography

Originally published March 17, 2015

My friend Karin agreed to do the photography for our book. I honestly had no idea how generous her offer was. I knew the book would be immeasurably improved by professional photos but was picturing her bringing a "big camera" and taking a few shots and calling it a day. But no, we had a full light set up multiple big lenses, multiple memory cards, 16 different kid models and a really hectic two days. I think it's going to be worth it.

My friend and co-author, Kristy, flew up from San Diego for the photo shoot and we got a ton done including deciding on a book title and creating an entire additional project for the book late Saturday night. Both are awesome, I think. I'll save the title reveal for another post once we decide on the subtitle.

I was so busy coordinating kids and deciding which project should go with which kid I barely snapped any photos this weekend but here are a few. I can' t wait to see the real images in a few days!
I'm not sure how many folks follow along this ol' blog here but if you don't know me in real life you'd be forgiven for wondering, "what book?" I've mentioned it only sporadically but I'm trying to start talking about it more both to document the process and keep myself motivated.

Kristy and I are writing a book of patterns for projects that support sensory needs/regulation. This will be a book for parents of kids with sensory processing disorder and related challenges who are already working with an occupational therapist who may be recommending certain tools. The book may also be for occupational therapists wanting to make things for their practice. Anyway, I need to work on the elevator pitch but that's the idea. We've got 15 "big" projects and about 20 "super simple" projects along with information about the body's sensory systems and vignettes of children with various sensory sensitivities. Kristy is a pediatric occupational therapist so she's the book brains and I'm the pattern creator and project manager.The farther into this project we get, the more excited/hopeful I am it will be a useful tool.

Anyway, that's the idea and we're getting close to done! We will be self publishing and are kicking around (ha!) the idea of a kickstarter campaign to pre-sell books. That's where we're at!

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