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Sensory Smarts


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Real solutions to problems caused by sensory integration problems

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Kathleen A. Chara, M.S. is an instructor at Northwestern College in St Paul, Minnesota. She has run a program for abused women, worked with children in psychiatric settings, and has been a licensed mental health counselor, specializing in children's issues, since 1991. She is currently undertaking a doctorate in psychology. Paul J. Chara, Jr., Ph. D. has a doctorate in general-experimental psychology, and is a professor at the same college. He has published over 60 scholarly articles, presented dozens of public lectures, and his book The Art of Virtue was published in 1999. Together Kathleen and Paul have co-authored over a dozen scholarly articles, are raising four fantastic kids, and are ecstatic about being married to each other! J.M. Berns (illustrator) has extensive experience in illustrating books, ranging from college texts to children's books. She, her husband John, and son Timothy have been friends with the Chara family since they shared adjacent apartments in 1990.


This book deals with the implications of sensory difficulties. As the parents of children with 'autism-related problems' they have composed a book in which they relate the battles they faced as their son, Christian, struggled with extreme sensitivity to temperature, noise, taste and texture. Many of their experiences will be familiar to those who care for, or have, sensory integration problems. The book has an appealing and attractive cover, with simple black and white drawings throughout Christian's story. -- Good Autism Practice

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