I'll tell you why I can't wear those clothes!
Release Date:15 Apr 2014

I'll tell you why I can't wear those clothes!

Talking about tactile defensiveness

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Do you know a child who hates the feel of certain items of clothing? This is a child's perspective on a largely unrecognized condition called tactile defensiveness, a physical condition that causes hypersensitivity to certain touch sensations.

Intended for adults and children to read together, the illustrated book explains reasons a child may become emotionally overwhelmed by daily routines such as putting on clothing, socks and shoes. The workbook format allows children to express and explore their own feelings through drawings or words, in order to explain their misunderstood behavior.

A perfect book for children, families, teachers, therapists and other professionals dealing with tactile defensiveness suitable to be read with children aged 4 and above.

A fantastic interactive book that can educate children, parents and professionals alike, about the challenges Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can present, and how the child and the adults around it, can handle these challenges. The book leaves no doubt that awareness, understanding and individual considerations are key in enabling a child to cope with SPD. – Camilla Egelund, child and family psychologist
It's perfect. From start to finish. I am so proud to be a small part of it. I really am. – Jessica Ralli, special educator and owner of Soft Clothing
'I'll Tell You Why....I Can't Wear Those Clothes!' provides an unusual interactive book format directed to parents, kids and professionals alike and uses the 'drawing journal' format to discuss 'tactile defensiveness,' or hypersensitivity to certain kinds of touch (and, by definition, certain kinds of clothing). It's a photographic workbook written from a child's perspective that explores why dressing often becomes a challenging daily routine, and it provides plenty of insights into simple methods to overcome clothing resistance. Parenting, health, psychology and education collections alike will find this a highly accessible, unique coverage.

– The Midwest Book Review

Children with Tactile Defensiveness often have difficulty describing the physical reasons behind their sensory feelings about bath water, clothes, shoes etc. This book allows the child to express their emotions in their own way either by drawing, writing or talking. The language is gentle and kind therefore guides parents, teachers, and friends to take a caring approach when addressing the special needs of the child that occur on a daily basis. – Claus Hancke, MD FACAM, specialist in general medicine
A great tool for understanding what life can be like when a child has some degree of tactile defensiveness. The 'drawing journal' format will greatly improve the necessary communication between child and adult, and assist in coming to terms with the challenges they face each day. It expresses the emotions of many children I work with and offers helpful coping tips. This short and sweet campaign for awareness and acceptance will hopefully lead to the necessary occupational therapy treatment needed by so many children. – Lina Bluteau, occupational therapist
Noreen O'Sullivan has worked for many years as an elementary school teacher. She is the mother of three young daughters with varying sensory issues. The book is inspired by their experiences. She lives in Denmark with her family.
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