Friday, April 8, 2011

This is Gabriel Making Sense of School by Hartley Steiner (book review, giveaway - CLOSED)

If you have or know a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Hartley Steiner's book, This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, needs to be added to your collection.

Aside from being beautifully illustrated by Brandon Fall, Steiner breaks down the seven senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, vestibular and proprioception.  While Fall's cool graphics bring each sense to life.  Written in clear and simple language, Steiner makes SPD easy enough for everyone to understand.  From the grandparent who doesn't really get it, to the sibling or to the "typical" classmate who wants to know "what's up with that kid."  Steiner informs the reader without the clinical mumbo jumbo and makes learning about SPD fun and engaging.  Ultimately, it's a learning tool for anyone who wants a better understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder.

Since receiving This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, I've showed it to all of The Boy's therapists, teachers and some friends.  Every single person I showed it to either (a) ordered the book or (b) expressed that they were going to order it.  Two behavioral therapists I showed it to agreed that This is Gabriel Making Sense of School would be a great resource book for Inclusion Classrooms. Steiner's book promotes awareness and acceptance.     

The cool thing about this book is that Hartley Steiner gets it.  A mother of three boys (Gabriel, Nicholas and Matthew).  Her oldest son Gabriel was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder in 2005.  Steiner's personal blog Hartley's Life with 3 Boys is honest, smart and witty. She writes about "the emotional journey of raising three boys, dealing with SPD, Autism and Bi-Polar Adoption, Marriage and Life while trying to keep [her] sanity and sense of humor."  Steiner's blog is one that I go to for both support and inspiration.    


This is Gabriel Making Sense of School may be purchased on Amazon for $13.55.  But if you're feeling lucky - you can win it!  
         
Enter this give-a-way up to 3 ways

1. Follow this blog; and/or
2. Follow me on twitter - @LaliQuin; and/or


Every time you enter one of the three ways above, you MUST post a comment. It is very important that you post a comment for each entry. Comments will be numbered in the order they are listed and a random number generator (random.org) will be used to select the winner. If you combine entries into one post, you will only have one chance to win rather than up to three. Give-a-way is open to U.S. residents only.   

If you are already signed up for any of these, no problem. Just post a comment and you’re in the giveaway!

This giveaway will end Friday, April 29th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced on Facebook & Twitter by Sunday, May 1st.  I will contact the winner and you will have 24 hours to reply. 

Feel free to contact me at autismwonderland@gmail.com with any questions.


Note: Hartley Steiner provided me with a complimentary copy of her book in exchange for being featured on AutismWonderland.  The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way. 

34 comments:

  1. Thank you for this great review! I appreciate your kind words! I will share the review on my twitter and facebook. :)

    Hartley
    www.hartleysboys.com

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful book, Hartley! I will need to add this to our library. :)

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  3. Following now on Facebook :)

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  4. following the blog. :)

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  5. Following on facebook

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  6. and....gotcha on twitter :o)

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  7. Liked you on Facebook :)

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  8. Following you on Twitter @OneCrazyMamaof4

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  9. Followed you on facebook!

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  10. I did all 3! I am following you on Twitter, "Liked" your facebook page, and now following your blog. I love all of the things you post and thank you for all of the things you organize. It is so helpful to find other parents who have special needs kiddos (mine has SPD). I would love to add this book to my collection-we have Why does Izzy cover her ears? and Arnie and his school tools. I am a former preschool teacher (only 11 years out of school) and I had NEVER heard of SPD!!! It's so great to know that we are not alone! THANK YOU!!!!

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  11. Following on twitter (@ndeleon007)

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  12. Liked your facebook page (Nicole Deleon).

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  13. And I am now followin your blog...I love the name you created!

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  14. Can't wait to read the book and show it to others. Especially the grandparents who don't understand. Seems that nobody really does but they simply smile and nod anyway. Thanks!

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  15. I'm following your blog

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  16. I follow you on twitter i'm caseysgoodlife

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  17. I liked your facebook page! Great blog by the way

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  18. I follow!!! Stay at home mommy of two boys, Trentin 6 & Nathaniel 4. My oldest Trentin has SPD, diagnosed a year ago. It's a learning process for all of us. His O.T. and his Kindergarten teacher have been wonderful! I have been cramming every bit of information I can to help him and the rest of us as well.

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  19. I follow you on twitter :) (heatherlisa82)

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  20. I "liked" your facebook page! (Heather St. Clair)

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  21. and I'm following your blog :)

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  22. Soooooo want to have this book!
    Following you - Tweet: Tweeter.

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  23. I'm now following that curious white rabbit to wondland....

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  24. "like" on Fb. Looks like it would be a good book to add to some of the regular classrooms in our schools!

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  25. Following your blog also!

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  26. Looking forward to reading your book!

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  27. I am following and would love a chance to win this-- mmstangerjunk (at) comcast (dot) net

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  28. Liked you, but, sorry, I don't twitter yet. mmstangerjunk (at) comcast (dot) net

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.