Mount Saint Vincent Publishes Somatosensory Handbook

DENVER, Colo., August 5, 2013 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of treatment and education for children who suffer from abuse, neglect, or mental illness, announced it has published Doodles, Dances & Ditties: A Somatosensory Handbook. The 107-page handbook is the first of its kind, offering dozens of somatosensory activities and exercises for children based on Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).

NMT is not a specific therapeutic technique, but an approach that organizes the child’s history and current functioning.The activities in the book target sensory integration, self-regulation, and cognitive and relational response, focusing on stimulating brain development to help children overcome the debilitating effects of abuse and neglect. The book was compiled by the Creative Arts Therapy department, who developed the interventions to help heal the children in treatment at the agency.

“When a child suffers from abuse or neglect, his or her brain begins to organize in a disorganized fashion,” said Mount Saint Vincent Clinical Director Kirk Ward. “NMT helps identify the specific areas of the brain that have functional or developmental problems. Using this information, the child’s interdisciplinary treatment team then selects an appropriate series of developmentally sensitive interventions. These interventions are designed to replicate the normal sequence of brain development, moving sequentially from the bottom of the brain up, and from the inside out.”

Ward said the goal of the NMT approach is to assess the child; uncover the primary problems; identify key strengths; and then apply appropriate educational, enrichment, and therapeutic interventions so family members, teachers, therapists and others can best meet the needs of the child.
The handbook is available for purchase through the Mount Saint Vincent web site, located at www.msvhome.org. The retail price for purchasers in the U.S. is $39.99 and includes shipping.

(Note: An image of the front cover of the handbook is available upon request.)

About Mount Saint Vincent

Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides treatment and education for children who are victims of abuse and neglect and those with significant mental health issues. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only four organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site for NMT, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s extensive program offers residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, parent education, a K-8 school, community early learning center, and therapeutic early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.

About The ChildTrauma Academy

The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA), founded by renowned child trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry, is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas. The academy works to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. The “translational neuroscience” work of the CTA has resulted in a range of innovative programs in therapeutic, child protection and educational systems. For more information, visit childtrauma.org.

Elizabeth Roberts, Marketing & Communications Specialist
E-mail: eroberts@msvhome.org
Phone: 303-458-7220 ext. 241


  1. Monica Nave

    Is it possible to get this bok in paperback form versus kindle edition?
    Monica Nave
    School Counselor

  2. Audrey Stillerman

    Just checked Amazon and one copy is $400 or more! Is it possible to buy a copy directly from Mount St Vincent? Thanks!

    1. elizabeth

      Hi Audrey,
      Our inventory is currently on its way to Amazon and this should be fixed by the end of the week. You can reach out to us directly at 303-458-7220 if you would like to purchase the book before then.

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