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“Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma” by Sarah Lloyd published

29 October 2020
Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma Book Cover by Sarah Lloyd

Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma: A Model for Practise ” by Sarah Lloyd was published earlier in the year.

The book explores the Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor Systems (BUSS) Model, which ‘bring[s] together sensory integration theory, attachment theory and a neurodevelopmental understanding of the impact of trauma on the developing brain’.

DDP Connects UK have featured several past BUSS model workshops. This is the second book by Sarah Lloyd, Occupational Therapist and Play Therapist who has worked in CAMHS for nearly 30 years. The first, ‘Improving Sensory Processing in Traumatised Children‘, was published by JKP in 2016.

About the book:

“In this book Sarah builds on the work of her first book, Improving Sensory Processing in Traumatised Children, describing the model in detail, illustrated with case studies and testimonials from parents with lived experience of using the BUSS model with their children.

The book is designed to increase readers’ understanding of the essence of the model – movement, playfulness and relationships. Sarah describes the sequence of early movement experiences, taking place within nurturing relationships, that the baby and young child need to progress through for the development of the brain and central nervous system.

This is the foundation of bodily regulation which, she argues, is necessary for the development of relationships, emotional regulation and learning. Sarah then goes on to consider the way that sensory integration theory, alongside an understanding of the role of relationships in development and child development, offers a way of understanding the foundation sensorimotor systems of children who have experienced developmental trauma as underdeveloped.

While this is not a manual for practitioners to follow, Sarah does offer ideas to help practitioners begin to notice and make sense of a child’s presentation on a bodily level, and through case studies, guides practitioners through the rebuilding of those systems.

DDP and BUSS sit very well together and this book is a great introduction to that. It is hoped that DDP Practitioners may become interested in training as BUSS accredited practitioners to enhance their existing practise.”

The book has been added to the DDP Resource Library and can be purchased from the Jessica Kingsley website, as well as all good book shops.


‘Beautifully written, illustrated and with hopeful stories of children’s progress, this book fills a gap in our understanding of how we can help traumatised children recover, physically, emotionally and within relationships. Sarah has demonstrated how the foundation for this recovery lies in the rebuilding of the sensorimotor systems’
– Kim Golding

‘…[Sarah] is, in the best sense, an integrationist. She brings concepts and ideas together, drawing on what appears to be antithetical traditions, in the service of providing an accessible and effective set of interventions that make a real difference to people’s lives, Here there is much innovation and development for which we should be grateful.’
– Brian Rock, Director of Education and Training and Dean of Postgraduate Studies, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust