3 out of 5 stars
I would like to thank Future Horizons for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an open and honest review.
Okay, I will start by saying I strongly feel this book is better suited for teachers and occupational therapists rather than your everyday common or garden parent of a child with issues that affect their motor skills. Me? I am just one of those parents and so, although I got some very good information from ‘Sensorimotor Interventions’ about how and why specific exercises are helping my neuro diverse child, it was clearly more based as a training book/ manual to help those who work professionally in this area.
And so my rather mediocre rating of ‘Sensorimotor Interventions’ comes from a layman’s point of view and not that of the experts it is written for.
But, being a reader of text books for fun and entertainment – as well as study and education – I can give input into the formatting and layout as well as the general gist of the information given.
All in all, I found it a very comprehensive, easy to read (and navigate) text that works through the major issues within the gross and fine motor skills areas as well as then providing clear and easy to follow instructions and explanations about exercises that can help strengthen those areas.
Layout was excellent, as said. Clear and easy to follow, great for quick referencing, all the things that make an okay text book an excellent one.
But, yes, ‘Sensorimotor Interventions’ is more for the expert more than the parent wanting to learn more about how to work with their children and help them improve their motor skills.
Would I recommend this book to others?
Yes and no. And I think it is pretty self-evident why I am saying this, but just in case it’s not…
‘Sensorimotor Interventions’ is for professionals (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, etc.) that work with children with gross and fine motor skill issues. Although I am not one of these professionals, the book came across as a very useful and comprehensive text for those who DO work in these fields. And so I might recommend it to my son’s OT.
But for parents of children with gross and fine motor skills issues (like me), I don’t feel this is the best book for us. It is clearly a text book/ manual and although I understood it because of my frequent reading of such books… I didn’t have the actual required education and knowledge to truly follow what the book demonstrated. Oh yes, there were some basics I could do… but no, my house isn’t set up like an OT room for the majority of exercises shown.
Would I buy this book for myself?
I think we all know the answer to this one! Yes I feel it is a great book but I am honestly not the right reader for it. Yes I could go out and buy it tomorrow for some of those basics… but the majority of the book is of no use to me simply because I am not the audience it was written for.
This doesn’t make it a bad book; it just makes me a bad match as the reader.
In summary: Comes across as an excellent text book for professionals who work with patients of gross or fine motor skill issues.