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Arnie and His School Tools

Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success

International Book Award Winner!

Antecedent based interventions -- an evidence-based practice -- can help children with sensory challenges. International Book Award Winner Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions to Build Success is an illustrated children's book about an exuberant little boy who had difficulty paying attention in class and doing his school work until he is given the tools to accommodate his sensory needs. Written from Arnie's point of view, the book uses simple language to describe some of the sensory tools and strategies he uses at school and home to help him achieve a more optimal level of alertness and performance. Arnie and His School Tools creates an environment that is accepting of students with sensory difficulties, including many on the autism spectrum. Occupational therapists, teachers and parents will find this book an engaging way to introduce elementary students to basic sensory tools used to help children focus in classroom settings, such as fidgets, chewy pencil toppers, and weighted vests. Additional resources are provided at the end of the book, including definitions of sensory processing and sensory modulation disorder, suggested discussion questions, and lists of related books and websites.


Jennifer Veenendall is a school-based occupational therapist in West St. Paul, Minnesota. The author of Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears: Dealing with Sensory Overload, Jennifer works with students with a wide range of abilities and is especially passionate about creating learning environments that meet students' individual sensory needs. Jennifer received her occupational therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's in human development from St. Mary's University of Minnesota. She lives in Hudson, Wisconsin, with her husband, Scott, and their two children, Anna and Benjamin. When she is not working, Jennifer enjoys spending family time at their cabin as well as drawing and painting.  

ISBN: 9781934575154

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
May 25 2016
Customer Review: K. Burke - Great for kids with sensory processing deficits. Helps them see that they have different tools to help them in school. Helps others understand what it's like to have this disorder.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 25 2016
Customer Review: Wishiwasakiti - Love it- really good book for kids who have sensory issues, their families, friends, caretakers and teachers! I got this also with Sensitive Sam, and Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 25 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - I am a preschool teacher. This is the first year that I've had a child with sensory processing disorder in my class. I was looking for a book that would help the other kids in class understand why their classmate need help focusing. They all liked him, but they'd get very frustrated with him because he couldn't keep his hands to himself, or he'd knock over their towers, or take their playdough. While this book is more geared to early elementary school age children, it did help me put his needs into terms my students could understand. The book also went home with the student with sensory processing disorder for awhile. He really liked it, and asked his mom to read it to him again and again. It give him a new set of "tools" because it gave him some new verbage that helps him express himself. We talked about his "motor" and we even tried the straw trick! Over all I'd recommend this book, especially for early elementary children (K-4th grade).
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