This is Gabriel 2nd Edition

Hot off the press....

This is Gabriel Making Sense of School 2nd Edition!!

I am so excited to have the 2nd Edition of this book - my labor of love inspired by my amazing son Gabriel - that I can barely sit still in this chair and type!

That's me giving a 'WooHoo!' - you just can't hear me....

This is Gabriel has been completely rewritten, but remains true to its original content by providing straightforward, simple information and definitions of SPD and all of the senses, plus still discusses the challenges our sensory kids face in the classroom while providing simple ways to help them meet their sensory needs.  HOWEVER....

Now the story is told by Gabriel himself.  Such a cute twist providing children an easier way to connect with our sensory kiddos.  It now gives a first-person (or first-hand sensory-kiddo) account of what it feels like for Gabriel to deal with his sensory issues in school and how much he needs understanding and support from those around him. Like all of our kids! This version also includes....

The 8th sense: Interoception!  

See the 2nd Edition banner up top?!
That's a win, right?!!  With an adorable new illustration from the amazingly talented Brandon Fall who not only did all of the illustrations for both editions of this book, but is responsible for the entire layout and cover design.  His new Interoception illustration, which depicts Gabriel rushing into the bathroom, will have your sensory child - and his/her classmates - giggling and nodding with understanding.

Another of my personal favorite parts of the 2nd Edition of This is Gabriel are the incredibly supportive quotes on the back cover.  You'll have to get your hands on a copy to see what Carol Kranowitz and Erik Linthorst said about this book!  A big thank you to both of them - I feel humbled to have their praise and support!

This is a full circle moment for me.  Watching my book go from a dream to a self-published reality in March of 2010 was something I will never forget.  But joining forces with Autism/Sensory publisher Future Horizons and their Sensory World imprint has been amazing.  I am very proud to be a part of the Sensory World family of authors, such amazing people doing amazing things to provide education, resources and understanding for our children and those that care for them.  I am truly proud to have them publishing This is Gabriel 2nd Edition where it will have the opportunity to reach a wider audience - through which it can help give way to a wider understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder.  Education leads to acceptance...for all of our kids.

Thank you all for following my journey!

Praise for the First Edition of This is Gabriel Making Sense of School:

"This is Gabriel Making Sense of School is a wonderful resource for children, teachers, and others. In a clear, compassionate way, this lovely book explains how sensory challenges affect students and shows some of the simple tools that can be used to make a huge difference for a child."

--Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, coauthor of Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, with a foreword by Temple Grandin,


New Children’s Book Sheds Light on Misunderstood, Underdiagnosed Disorder
‘This is Gabriel Making Sense of School’ strives to help children with Sensory Processing Disorder find success in school, and raise awareness of a disorder that affects 1 in 20 children.

Seattle, Wash. / There are eight senses: Sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, vestibular, proprioception and interoception. Did you know them all? As the mother of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Hartley Steiner knows them all too well. She’s experienced first-hand how SPD causes her child’s senses to be “out-of-sync.”

SPD is a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 6 children. This “traffic jam” of information in the brain often causes children with SPD to react inappropriately to their environment, which is very difficult for their families and creates even bigger challenges for the children at school.

Children with SPD can hear the buzzing of the lights in the classroom and the shuffling of feet in the hallway. They can smell lunch being made at the other end of the school, and may chew on things – like their clothing – all day long in an attempt to keep focused. Many kids can’t stay seated because they need to move, move, MOVE!

Steiner’s new Children’s Book, This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, strives to help children with SPD – a disorder that many kids with Autism, ADHD and Bipolar also have – find success in school, while raising awareness for this often misdiagnosed and undiagnosed disorder.

This easy to read and beautifully illustrated picture book gives teachers, parents, and students a better understanding of all seven senses, how they each sense is affected at school, and what kinds of accommodations are necessary to help children with SPD become learning sensations.

Hartley Steiner lives in the Seattle area with her three sons.  She is the award winning author of the SPD Children’s book This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, and Sensational Journeys as well as the founder of the SPD Blogger Network (  She is a contributing writer for the SPD Foundation's blog, S.I. Focus Magazine and Autism Spectrum Quarterly, among dozens of other online websites and blogs. You can find her chronicling the never ending chaos that is her life right here on the blog Hartley’s Life With 3 Boys ( and on Twitter as @ParentingSPD.  When she isn't writing, or dealing with a meltdown, she enjoys spending time in the company of other adults preferably with good food and even better wine.

“I am positive that Hartley’s book will help teachers around the world understand not only SPD, but also how it feels to our sensational kids in their classrooms. And that understanding will help our children thrive in school right alongside their peers. Thank you, Hartley.” - Chynna T. Laird, author of I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD and Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey With Sensory Processing Disorder.

“Gabriel Making Sense of School is a beautiful book, succinctly written in a way that is easy to understand for both children and adults. I would highly recommend it as a classroom tool.” - Glenna Clouse, M.Ed., LMHC.

For more information about This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, please visit

Hartley Steiner
Phone: (425) 503-3720


missykade said...

I added your book on amazon through my blog. I think what you've done is wonderful!

Lucas's Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder

Anonymous said...

Wow - you are great on camera! So well spoken. Barbara

Lauren said...

Hart!! You're such a pro. You look so professional on camera. I am so proud of you as a Mom and all you have done to help your children. I'm so lucky to be in your lives!

Lauren said...

Hart!! You're such a professional on camera! Wow! You are such a great Mom, and have done so much for your family. I am so lucky to be a part of your lives.