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Sensory Like You

In this charming, colorful, and easy-to-read book, illustrated versions of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Adult Advocates, Rachel S. Schneider, M.A., MHC and Kelly Dillon, act as guides for their young, sensational readers. Children will learn about the senses and SPD through their new grown-up friends' examples, as well as the importance of celebrating what makes them unique.


The focus of this book is acceptance. Thanks to their older, trustworthy sensory escorts, children will be reminded that having SPD doesn't make them less - it makes them wonderful!

Hear Rachel speak about Sensory Like You on SPD Parent Zone's podcast, Episode 28​.

Sensory Like You was selected by Creative Child Magazine for a 2017 Seal of Excellence Award.

This lovely book fills a big gap. Reassuring, wise, and witty, Sensory Like You would be as great a gift for a young child as it would be for a grandparent, teacher, or other adult who maybe doesn't quite 'get it' yet.

 -Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., author of The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years



Finally, there is a book written for kids with SPD by adults with SPD! With use of real world experiences, Rachel and Kelly give the children I treat others to relate to. Sensory Processing Disorder is explained in a fun, yet clear way; you would think Rachel and Kelly were occupational therapists working in this field for years! This book is bound to capture the attention of a wide range of individuals struggling with understanding and ‘fitting in’ in the SPD world. They are able to normalize SPD in a way that will promote confidence and pride in individual sensory differences. For years, I have been asked by parents for good recommendations for kid books on SPD.Sensory Like You will definitely be my new go-to recommendation for both kids and pre-teens!

-Carrie Einck, MA, OTR/L, STAR Institute for SPD

Making Sense:

A Guide to Sensory Issues


Our senses! Thanks to them, our brains are constantly flooded with information about the world around us. What may surprise you is that we’re not all wired the same way, and some of us are unable to understand exactly what we’re sensing. People with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a newly identified neurological condition, as well as those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), are frequently misunderstood by others when they over- or under-react to sounds, sights, smells, tastes, touch, movement, balance, and feelings within their bodies. In this guide, mental health counselor, SPD community advocate, and sensory adult Rachel S. Schneider, M.A., MHC, helps us to make sense of sensory issues.

I don't care how much I love you. You're not borrowing this book. It's just too good.

-AuKids Magazine

Digging for information about adults with SPD?  Eureka!  You’ve struck gold!  In this gem of a book, Rachel will gently, wisely, humorously help you unearth and sift through the "bits and pieces, the particularities and the behaviors” of your sensory life.  With extrasensory grace gained through her own experiences growing up with SPD, and in her sparkling writing style, she will help you — at last — to understand your sensory issues and how to address them.

 -Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., author of The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years



In this book, Rachel deftly guides the reader through a basic, SPD 101 course—what it is, how it affects your life, and ways to quiet its impact, all the while infusing it with a plethora of personal stories in her humorous, articulate, witty, and self-effacing style. The result is a book that not only informs but also is a fun read.

-Sharon Heller, PhD, author of Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do if You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World and Uptight & Off Center: How Sensory Processing Disorder Throws Adults Off Balance and How to Create Stability



Rachel describes her own difficulties with sensory processing problems, and she provides insight into the sensory over-sensitivities that are experienced by many people.

 -Temple Grandin, PhD, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain



There is nothing more satisfying than hearing about your problem from someone who has it and is dealing with it well. Rachel is open, interesting, and full of good suggestions. By the end of the book, you'll feel like you just got a new best friend forever.

 -Barbara Sher, M.A., OTR, author of Everyday Games for Sensory Processing Disorder 



What an amazing view into Sensory Processing the way it has never been told before. Rachel has such a clear understanding, because she has lived with sensory processing disorder her entire life, and is able to share her knowledge with the world. Making Sense is a must-have book for anyone that is wanting to build their library and get an deeper understanding of sensory processing disorder for kids and adults. Brilliant!

 -Dayna Abraham, Lemon Lime Adventures, author of  Sensory Processing 101 



Making Sense is a terrific introduction to folks trying to get their head around just what Sensory Processing Disorder is and how it can affect someone. Written in a straight forward manner but with the humor only Rachel can add (as someone who suffers from SPD herself), I highly recommend this book to anyone new to the sensory community.

 -Jennifer Hughes, The Jenny Evolution and The Sensory Spectrum

A must read for all teens and adults living with Sensory Processing Disorder. As a 27-year-old adult and mental health counselor diagnosed with SPD in adulthood, Rachel Schneider gives an insight into the world of SPD that professionals simply cannot. Her life experiences and advanced training in mental health allow her to truly ‘make sense’ of SPD in a concise and easy-to-read manner. I recommend this book to every adolescent and adult client I work with. It is such a helpful reminder that they are not alone in these everyday struggles. Bravo, Rachel!

 -Carrie Einck, MS, OTR/L, STAR Institute for SPD


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