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The Out-Of-Sync Child

Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

By Carol Kranowitz, Lucy Jane Miller (Preface by)

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Format: Paperback, 384 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 April 2006
The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)--and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents--now revised and updated. Does your child exhibit... Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to touch or movement? A child with SPD may be a "sensory avoider," withdrawing from touch, refusing to wear certain clothing, avoiding active games--or he may be a "sensory disregarder," needing a jump start to get moving. Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to sounds, sights taste, or smell? She may cover her ears or eyes, be a picky eater, or seem oblivious to sensory cues. Cravings for sensation? The "sensory craver" never gets enough of certain sensations, e.g., messy play, spicy food, noisy action, and perpetual movement. Poor sensory discrimination? She may not sense the difference between objects or experiences--unaware of what she's holding unless she looks, and unable to sense when she's falling or how to catch herself. Unusually high or low activity level? The child may be constantly on the go--wearing out everyone around him--or move slowly and tire easily, showing little interest in the world. Problems with posture or motor coordination? He may slouch, move awkwardly, seem careless or accident-prone. These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder--a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals--and a drug-free treatment approach for children. This revised edition includes new sections on vision and hearing, picky eaters, and coexisting disorders such as autism and Asperger's syndrome, among other topics.

About the Author

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., is the author of The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up, The Out-of-Sync-Child, and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun. She is also the co-author on Growing an In-Sync Child with Joye Newman, M.A. She has been a preschool teacher for more than 25 years. She has developed an innovative program to screen young children for Sensory Processing Disorder, and writes and speaks regularly about the subject. She has an M.A. in Education and Human Development.


Kranowitz, a teacher who has worked for 20 years in the field of sensory integration dysfunction and has developed a screening program for its early identification, writes intelligently about a bewildering topic. Fairly common (an estimated 12%-30% of children are affected), the disorder is nevertheless baffling to experts and parents alike, in part because of its diverse, contradictory symptoms: such children may be either hypo- or hypersensitive. Often erroneously diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or labeled "difficult, picky, clumsy, oversensitive, or inattentive," children with SI dysfunction exhibit unusual responses to touching and being touched, and/or to moving and being moved. In concise, well-organized chapters, Kranowitz reveals how the tactile, vestibular (pertaining to gravity and movement) and propriaceptive (pertaining to joints, muscles and ligaments) senses operate. Checklists and sidebars throughout the text compare the "normal" child in various situations to the child with sensory integration dysfunction. Asserting SI dysfunction is best treated by occupational therapy, not by medication, Kranowitz helps clear the way for families to understand a disorder that they may suspect but not have been able to pinpoint. (Mar.)

Children who behave atypically are a challenge to parents and teachers. These two videos present creative solutions to apply with children who have trouble in their home or school environment. While the videos use a lecture format, the dynamic speakers hold the viewer's attention with humor, anecdotes, and the presentation of interesting ideas. Ross W. Greene, director of cognitive-behavioral psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, presents a two-hour seminar for the Cleveland Clinic's Health Talks series on explosive and noncompliant children. Greene favors a better approach than the reward and punishment method and presents his "children do well if they can" idea by emphasizing five basic strategies for parents and teachers to employ, including how to avoid "meltdowns." Offered in a clear, well-spoken manner, Greene's explanations and anecdotes are to the point, witty, and enlightening. By Carol Stock Kranowitz, the author of the book of the same title, The Out-of-Sync Child discusses the manifestations and causes of sensory integration dysfunction whereby preschool children exhibit behaviors that indicate all of their sensory apparatus are not processing correctly. Kranowitz presents strategies for parents and preschool teachers, such as fun movements to music and games to increase children's sensory development. Kranowitz's involving presentation includes a video of her using various sensory-engaging techniques with her class of three- to five-year-olds. Both of these videos are highly recommended for parenting collections in public libraries or education/psychology collections in academic libraries.-Trudie A. Root, Pinellas Cty. Law Libs., Clearwater, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Praise for the works of Carol Kranowitz -The Out-of-Sync Child has become the parents' bible to [Sensory Processing Disorder].---The New York Times -This book is great! It is a real contribution to the parents of the many children who are so hard to understand. It will let parents off the hook of blaming themselves... and will help them get on to the job of addressing the child's underlying difficulties.- --T. Berry Brazelton, MD, founder, Brazelton Foundation, Children's Hospital, Boston -Warm and wise, this book will bring both hope and practical help to parents who wonder why their kid doesn't 'fit in.'- --Jane M. Healy, learning specialist and author of Your Child's Growing Mind -The Out-of-Sync Child does a masterful job of describing the different ways children react to sensations and integrate their responses to their world. The book provides detailed, practical information that will help parents understand how the nervous system works.- --Stanley I. Greenspan, MD child psychiatrist and author (with Serena Wieder) of The Child with Special Needs -Comprehensive yet easy to understand... helpful tools for parents to promote healthy integration.- --The Exceptional Parent

EAN: 9780399531651
ISBN: 0399531653
Publisher: Tarcherperigee
Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 2.5 centimetres (0.28 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Steph Stewart on
Fabulous information about various sensory processing conditions. Easy to read with excellent explanations of everyday issues faced by the out of sync child
Rebecca Gilchrist on
This was my first book on Sensory Processing Disorder and it was like a lightbulb being turned on. So many of the topics were about familiar situations that my 7 year old had been going though.(and the rest of the family). This book has it all the check lists, questionnaires, recognizing SPD, coping with SPD and heaps more.
This book is a little more theory based but fantastic, informative and a must buy. (I just keep going back and learning a bit more.)
sharon hurt on
brilliant buy! it explains sensory processing disorder very well in an easy to read way.
Diane Daley on
A must have for any parent or person who cares for or educates children. You will hear yourself saying, "....ah, that's why my child does that!" It is easy to read and understand even though some of the concepts covered are quite technical. It is a wonderful description that describes many children without the stigma of, "..Oh there is something seriously wrong with my child."
Penelope Palmer on
Thsi book is an excellent resource for early childhood teachers. I wish that I had read this years ago. It is particularly helpful with questionaires to give to parents in the process of diagnosing children with this disorder. Very easily readible for parents as well.
Penny Palmer.

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