The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Archive for Mental Health

Sensory Processing Book Has New Edition

sscDoes your child seem to be moving all the time and never get enough “input” from the world? Or is she perfectly content just sitting around all day and almost seem lethargic?

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a term I became personally familiar with a few years ago when I saw the behavior and needs of my son being beyond what would consider “typical” for a child his age. I started researching and reading books like “The Out of Sync Child” and “Raising a Sensory Smart Child.

And it wasn’t because of my rheumatoid arthritis that my son needed more energetic playtime in his schedule. It was because the chapter that described him was called “MORE! MORE! MORE!”

By Lindsey Biel, OTR/L and Nancy Peske, author of “Raising a Sensory Smart Child” just sent out information about the new version of the book.

I know there are a lot of parents out there who feel like I do–that your child’s inability to “do enough” is a symptom of YOUR illness and inability to give him all that he needs. We all have a little bit of sensory issues (do you hate tags in your clothes or dislike the feel of tapioca pudding on your tongue?) But for some kids it can impact their world and behavior a great deal more. It’s always good to be aware!

The updated and expanded version of Raising a Sensory Smart Child is being released on today!  It will be “face out” on the Special Needs shelf in Barnes and Noble stores starting in September and should be in other bookstores as well (usually in Special Needs).

Or, you can order it on now (if you do, you might want to go through my website,, and check out what’s new there too). We added a chapter on autism and sensory issues, lots of sensory diet tips for families, and many more practical solutions for everyday challenges.

Since it was first published in 2005, this definitive handbook for helping your child with sensory processing issues has won an iMedia Parenting Award and a NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publications Award) and received rave reviews and endorsements.

It’s the book I wished I’d had when my son was diagnosed with SPD, which was called sensory integration (SI) dysfunction back then. Written by me, a parent of a child with SPD and developmental delays, and his first OT, who has extensive experience helping children with and without autism, in the public schools, early intervention, and in their homes, it covers everything you can imagine and is chock full of resources and recommendations.

I always suggest checking out the first few chapters then bouncing around to read the sections that most apply to your concerns, coming back to it again and again whenever you have a question or concern.

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Sad Dads do Influence Baby’s Mood

New Daddy Kissing Baby

The good news? Dads do matter in the lives of an infant more than previously thought. The bad news? If Dad is depressed, it impacts the life of a baby even more so than previously thought too!

Any woman married to a man who has dealt with depression has always known how much the mood of her spouse can rub off onto her children and herself, but now a new study published in the July issue of Pediatrics has proven it to be so.

Information on the study:

To see how parental depression was related to excessive crying, van den Berg‘s team gathered data on symptoms of depression among parents of 4,426 infants who were 2 months old.

Not surprisingly, “Researchers found a 30 percent higher risk for depression among parents whose infant cried excessively.” Anyone who has had a crying baby hours upon end know how it can get discouraging and downright depressing!

But the study also showed that, “a dad with symptoms of depression was twice as likely to have an infant who cried excessively as was a dad who was not depressed, the study found.”

People who live with chronic illness have a much greater risk factor for dealing with clinical depression. And the feelings of having a child who is crying and not being able to figure out what is wrong, can be overwhelming. Parents with illness can also be dealing with money concerns, medical issues, balancing where one’s energy is spent, and worrying about the future.

But being  a parent can also be one of the most exciting, rewarding, and wonderful gifts God gives us. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Not only is this good advice for our own lives, but because our moods and our worries effect those we love the most, even the smallest babies.

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