Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Tour & Review: Ben's School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom

Title: Ben’s School Daze
Authors: Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom
Publisher: Peence & Rogue Designs Pty Ltd
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
This is a story about Ben, a lively and active boy, who finds the sensory experiences within his day to be overwhelming.   Loud noises vibrate through his body and “shoes and sock bother him.. they never feel just right”.   This can make it hard for Ben to be a good student.  But don’t worry, his teacher and mum know what to do to help him through his day.

For More Information

Ben’s School Daze is available at the authors’ website.
Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Book Excerpt:
Ben is a playful, lively boy
who is always on the go

He is out of bed at the crack of dawn
and never seems to slow

Lego, swords and action figures 
are his favourite toys

He loves running, climbing, riding
and playing with other boys.

But something is going on for Ben,
it’s not always smooth sailing

At times the smallest request
leaves him stomping and wailing

His sister complains that he’s moody
‘cause his behaviour can be erratic

He plays up at dinner and bath-time
and parties make him frantic.

Ask Ben and he would tell you
that it’s hard to cope each week

With scratchy tags, stiff clothes
and horrid smells that reek

Shoes and sock bother him
they never feel “just right”

And hairbrushing “hurts”
so he protests with a fight.
I loved this book! I have and currently work with kiddos who have some issues processing the fast paced world around us. Whether due to a diagnose or simple a more quiet child's way of perceiving the world, this can be a hard world to take in for any kiddo. My own son, 3/12 years old, tends to more time to process, observe new situations. If we attend a busy or crowded event, he needs time afterwards to process it or have quiet time. I can only imagine how it must few for a child who has a diagnosis that impairs and heightens his or her awareness of every day life. The child friendly book gives an excellent way of showing how a typical day in the life for one of these kiddos is. The introduction before the story even highlights way to use the book. Once the story goes through the struggles of Ben's day and how the adults in his life helped him achieve, the author gives an explanation of sensory processing disorder, activities to help, and other resources to follow up on. I highly recommend this book for anyone with children or who work with children. This is a great resource I plan on sharing with other parents and when my son is older and can understand. I think it will help him personally and help him understand and have empathy for his peers that have special and/or different needs. 
Note: I received a copy of ebook by the author and book tour. This did not affect my review in any way. 

Robyn Sims is a paediatric occupational therapist who works in private practice with many children with sensory processing challenges.  She is co-director of Magnetic Moves and co-presents workshops on SPD.  Joanne Larcom is a mother to four beautiful children, one of whom has sensory processing challenges.  She is co-director of Magnetic Moves and presents workshops on SPD with Robyn.
 Their latest book is the children’s picture book, Ben’s School Daze.For More InformationVisit the authors’ website.Connect with the authors on Facebook and Twitter.Contact the authors.