Infants with significant sensory processing impairments can’t easily be held, comforted, fed, or put to bed. This book emphasizes recognizing the sensory signals the distressed infant is sending and responding in caring ways to strengthen neuro-typical attachment and calmness. Whereas Dr. John Taylor’s guide, “Understanding Sensory Processing Impairments,” applies to children and teens, this book portrays sensory processing impairments as displayed in infancy. It teaches the reader how to manage the parent’s or caregiver’s sensory needs, resolve floppy and weak muscle tone, increase arousal in a sluggish infant, conquer infantile fear of movement, decrease touch defensiveness, sharpen equilibrium awareness, focus extraneous movements, calm the infant, control reflux, improve the sucking response, transition through food textures, stop excessive mouthing, manage tummy time effectively, ease separation anxiety, reduce fussing during diapering, help get the infant to sleep, and use careful massage and swaddling to advantage. Each category of interventions is portrayed in terms of tools involving ears, eyes, nose, mouth, muscle, touch, and movement sensation.
Author: Susan Swindeman, Maureen Kane-Wineland, Ph.D., & Diana Henry