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

We're going to write this book, dang it


Originally posted January 13, 2014 at

Sometime last year I realized I had a great idea for a book. A book I couldn't pull off on my own but a book that seemed like it would fill a need for people and a book that would require partnership with some of my very best and most talented friends. After a short conversation they were on board with the idea (yay!).

We developed the outline and project list and started working but then life got busy, the holidays blah, blah, blah it got a bit stalled.

But this is the year.

I can't control if anyone will ever buy our book but I can write the content (or at least 1/3 of the content). I can put in my best work and from there, see what happens.

I've been reluctant to blog about this because you know how it is. People (me) get weird about sharing big ideas (will someone criticize me, will someone "steal" the concept, will it turn into a public failure). But that's silly. This blog is a great source of accountability for me and, for this to really succeed, our little team is going to need help.

So I'm going to start blogging about this project. I'm hoping if you have ideas/feedback/contacts/thoughts you'll be kind enough to share them and to help us connect with folks who might ultimately find our book valuable or might be interested in helping us get off the ground.
At this point if you're still reading you're thinking, sure, whatever, but what is the book?
So glad you asked. Too bad we don't have a title.

The working title is DIY Sensory Tools. Our concept is to write a book of patterns/projects for people to make objects that will help a sensory sensitve child (or adult). Really, our target is DIYer moms whose children struggle with sensory integration, sensory disregulation or related challenges.
I'm writing the patterns but the brains in the operation are my friends Kristin who is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Shelley who is a therapist. Both women are small business owners whose practices are focused on helping children. They know what tools and techniques help kids self regulate allow them to be their best.

We've got six chapters and 12-15 patterns outlined. Getting from there to a book feels a bit overwhelming but we've got several prototypes made, patterns written and text drafted. Still much more to do than is already done.

But I'm in. My friends are in. And we're going to get this thing written. Because really, that's step one. You can't sell a book you haven't written (well, tecnhically, with non fiction you can sell on proposal BUT that's not our goal. We're thinking self publishing. Basically, we need to write this thing).
So, if you've read this far, I'm impressed. Thank you (especially if you aren't related to me :) And I'd be grateful for your help.

Do you or your friends fit our target market? If so would you/they be willing to be in touch? We'd love a sounding board!

Do you want to pattern test when the time comes? That'd be awesome!

Do you have ideas of what we should include to increase the awesomeness of this book?
Are there folks we should talk to? Resources we should be aware of? Kristy and Shelley are well connected in the OT and therapy worlds and I know a bit about the online world and sewing/pattern writing but we don't know it all. Ideas welcome.

Wish us luck and inspiration.
The image above is the first pattern prototype--the Target Crash Pillow. It has been a huge hit around our house.

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