There are so many fantastic books available to those interested in finding out more about Ayres’ Sensory Integration, Check out our Facebook “book corner” photo album and some of our previous blog posts for some fantastic reviews of these books.
I love books, I always have.
When I was a child my English teacher told my mother that she should encourage me to read more, my mum simply told her that if she did that she would never actually get to see me. You see from the moment I could read that was what I most loved. I loved the books, I loved our weekly trips to the library, I still love the smell of a new book, the feel of an old book, folding back the pages of places I needed to find again. I especially love when the book is my own and I can make my own notes in it and mark the pages. Oh and books that are gifts which have personal inscriptions on the front page.
Twenty years after I started my first university course I found myself back in higher education. On returning to study my first question was…”Where have all the books gone?” I have to confess that the geek in me was really looking forward to getting my hands on some new reading material. Our online library and the access we have to databases is mindblowing in its extent. The Internet has absolutely revolutionised the speed at which I can access almost any book or journal from anywhere at anytime.
In lectures we are encouraged not to write so much, and told that “the powerpoints are available online”, and they always are. However, whilst I have almost unlimited access to endless amounts of quality information I just don’t feel that I am learning effectively from a screen, and learning without a pen in my hand feels strange.
I came across this post by business insider which summarised this systematic review by Lauren M. Singer and Patricia A. Alexander who looked at many years of empirical research to see if there was any evidence for differences in comprehension between reading on paper and reading digitally. It appears that I am not alone in struggling to learn digitally. The study found that students tend to read faster online which is more effective when trying to understand a general idea but for in-depth comprehension that most students did significantly better when reading printed text.
Currently, Amazon is my new best friend, as is the colouring in book I carry with me to class each day.
If you are a book lover, digital paper or otherwise, you have some post-grad education in Ayres’ Sensory Integration and you would like to join us in reviewing some relevant books and articles you are welcome to follow this link to join our facebook group – also please don’t forget to answer the questions – Ayres’ Sensory Integration Book and Journal club.
We will be adding more book reviews over the coming months, make sure you have signed up to follow us on – If you would like to review your favourite book for us as a guest blogger, please get in contact with us