The “Sync” series: Learn how sensory challenges affect children, and how fun and functional sensory-motor activities can improve life at home and school

Carol Stock Kranowitz

As a music, movement and drama teacher for 25 years (1976-2001), Carol observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration (“SI”) theory. She learned to help identify her young students’ needs and to steer them into early intervention. In writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out – and provides fun and functional techniques for addressing them at home and school. She is best-known for her book, The Out-of-Sync Child, which has sold about 1 million copies.

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Upcoming Events

The In-Sync Child in the 21st Century

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman will present a live webinar as one of Therapro’s free seminars.  Based on their “In-Sync Child” publications, the hour will include an overview of sensory-, perceptual-, and visual-motor development, with an offering of several In-Sync activities that develop and enhance physical and emotional health and academic success. Click here.  

Book Reviews

(2022) Review of “The Out-of-Sync Child,” 3rd ed., at Epidemic Answers

Patricia S. Lemer, M.Ed., LPC, says, “Carol has updated her guidebook to help a new generation of caregivers and educators discover and understand what could be a missing piece of their children’s complicated puzzle…. Even if you already have [an earlier version], you need this one, too.”  Click to read the review  (on the website of Epidemic Answers at www.epidemicanswers.org).

(2022) Review of the new 3rd edition of “The Out-of-Sync Child”

Lelanie Brewer, of Sensory Integration Education, says, “Overall, it is great to see this old favourite book updated with new terminology and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone who has an involvement with an individual with Sensory Processing differences.”  Read her review of the 3rd edition of The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Differences.

Talks

How to Help Your Child with SPD

(June 2022) The fourth conversation with Veronica Hunter of ADHD-What Now?  is about respecting the feelings of children with sensory processing challenges and helping them incrementally to participate in their world.

Click here to listen.

Getting Help for SPD

(May 2022)  Another conversation with Veronica Hunter of ADHD-What Now? concerns how help for sensory processing disorder can be hard to come by.  Many doctors don’t know all the ins and outs, but parents usually need them to make a diagnosis.

Click here to listen.

Sensory Processing Differences

(May 2022)  On the show called “Beautifully Complex: Navigating Neurodiverse Parenting,” Penny Williams and Carol talk about sensory processing differences (SPD).  On the always informative Parenting ADHD and Autism Podcast, this is Episode #172.  Click here to listen.

Articles

(2022) SPD’S Effect On Eating

November-January issue of Autism Digest.

Read about how sensory processing challenges can affect eating, and find some suggestions to help out-of-sync children who are picky eaters.

Read the article here.

(2022) That Pesky D in SPD

August-September issue of Autism Digest.

Time to change the “D” in “SPD”!  Sensory Processing Differences is more accurate and inclusive than the terms Sensory Processing Disorder or Dysfunction.  The fact that a child avoids swings or craves messy play may mean that she processes senses atypically, not that she is abnormal, has mental illness, or can’t function in daily life.

Read the article here.

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The Out-of-Sync Child has become the parents’ bible to [Sensory Processing Differences].

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NYT
The New York Times
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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.

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Stanley I. Greenspan
Stanley I. Greenspan, MD

Child psychiatrist and author (with Serena Wieder) of The Child with Special Needs

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The Out-of-Sync Child 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.

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T. Berry Brazelton
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Founder, Brazelton Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Boston

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Warm and wise, [The Out-of-Sync Child] will bring both hope and practical help to parents who wonder why their kid doesn’t ‘fit in.’

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Jane Healy
Jane M. Healy

Learning specialist and author of Your Child’s Growing Mind