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Not Just Spirited: A Mom's Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder (Spd)

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What would you do if your child suffered with something so severe it affected every aspect of her life?
And what if your cries for help fell on deaf ears at every turn? You'd follow your gut and fight until someone listened. And that's what Chynna Laird did. When she was just three months old, Jaimie's reactions to people and situations seemed odd. She refused any form of
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Paperback, 174 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Loving Healing Press
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Tania
Jul 20, 2012 Tania rated it liked it
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A very interesting and informative book about Sensory processing disorder. After reading this book I have a lot of empathy for moms of SPD kids, as it really seems to be a two steps forward, one step back disorder. But even more than that, I feel for these children. I can't imagine how it must feel going through everyday and being all anxious, because the information you get from your senses are not correct.
Deborah
Having struggles and successes with a child who has Sensory Processing Disorder is an exhausting and bittersweet battle. Chynna Laird's book gives both hope and a sense of "you're not alone in this" messages to the reader who seeks more enlightenment on this somewhat obscure and misunderstood problem called Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or Sensory Integration Disorder.

Often mislabeled in the categories of autism, Asbergers, or even "gifted," SPD is a neurological or genetic problem that a c
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Charline Ratcliff
May 10, 2012 Charline Ratcliff rated it it was amazing
When asked if I would be interested in reviewing "Not Just Spirited" I jumped at the opportunity. I feel books that are informative, relate to hardships experienced by others, and can consequently provide helpful information in an easy-to-read understandable format are extremely important to us as a society.

I began reading "Not Just Spirited" and I was truly touched by the empathy the book's author, Chynna T. Laird, showed to her daughter Jaimie. For those who don't know: Sensory Processing Diso
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Angie
Jul 10, 2013 Angie rated it liked it
Synopsis: "What would you do if your child suffered with something so severe it affected every aspect of her life?
And what if your cries for help fell on deaf ears at every turn? You'd follow your gut and fight until someone listened. And that's what Chynna Laird did. When she was just three months old, Jaimie's reactions to people and situations seemed odd. She refused any form of touch, she gagged at smells, she was clutzy and threw herself around and spent most of her day screaming with her
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Heather
Apr 13, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
“not just spirited” by Chynna T. Laird is a compelling book about her daughter, Jaimie, who suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and her journey to find a diagnosis and ways to help her daughter cope. This was a moving book about the love of a mother and the lengths she will go for her child. SPD is often misdiagnosed and parents are at a loss as to why their child is behaving that way and what they can do to help their child. Mrs. Laird was no different. When Jaimie was a baby, Mrs. L ...more
Patty
Aug 24, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
In the book Not Just Spirited, you follow a mother on her journey through discovering her daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and the struggles both parents as well as the child go through when coping with SPD. Personally, I do not know anyone with SPD nor have I ever met any one with this disorder, so honestly I could only imagine what it would be like. And even then, I'm sure it's not even close. But as a parent, I could feel the heartbreak both Chynna (the author and mother) and S ...more
Shauna
Oct 09, 2012 Shauna rated it it was amazing
Not Just Spirited is a moving, heart wrenching family’s experience with a child that has severe SPD. It covers the first 6 years of the author’s daughter, Jamie’s life. You will see how it affects every aspect of the child’s life and the family’s interactions with her. The affects are devastating for the family and they struggle to get help for their daughter, the doctors keep saying she is high spirited and has behavior problems. Even though this is a difficult time the patience and love these ...more
Dawn Spang
Nov 07, 2011 Dawn Spang rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! An amazing book written by a mom, whom did what we all moms want to do, follow their intuition. Easy reading book with a simple, clear style. Makes me think I could write a book, could I? HMMMMM!
Scott Deyo
Nov 24, 2012 Scott Deyo rated it it was ok
A heart-rending story that is inspiring to those with special-needs children. However, the writing style is amateur at best, and can be very distracting.
Sara
Jun 18, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
I read this book and throughly sympathized with the mother and her brave little girl. It was a very accurate portrait of what parents with sensational kids go through.
Jordy
Sep 06, 2016 Jordy rated it it was amazing
This book really makes you feel for young Jaimie, and will for sure make you love Chynna! Must read!!!
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Dec 28, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. This is a great one for everybody. Even if you don't have a special needs child, this book can help you understand what the families living with these amazing children deal with daily.
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CHYNNA LAIRD – is a freelance writer and multi award-winning author. Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder and other special needs. She’s authored a children’s book, two memoirs, a Young Adult novella, a YA paranormal suspense novel and an adult Suspense/Thriller.

Website: www.chynnalairdauthor.ca
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