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.


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

(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.


The In-Sync Child in the 21st Century

(May 2023) Joye Newman and Carol present a webinar as one of Therapro’s free seminars. Based on their “In-Sync Child” publications, the hour includes 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.

Watch now.

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.


(2024) Three Outdoor Activities with Grammy and Pops

August-September 2024 issue of Autism Digest.

Entice your grandchildren outside with these three activities: “Plogging,” “Worm Rescue,” and “Fun with a Stick.”  The activities are from the upcoming book, Grammy, Pops, and Their Out-of-Sync Grandkids Have Fun, to be published by Sensory World in 2025.
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(2024) 10 Suggestions for Raising an In-Sync Child

May-July 2024 issue of Autism Digest.

Suggestions for growing an “In-Sync” child include: “Get large and small muscles in tune,” “Champion chores,” and “Honor your child’s interests.”  To read all ten ideas, click here.


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

The New York Times

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
Stanley I. Greenspan, MD

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


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.

T. Berry Brazelton
T. Berry Brazelton, MD

Founder, Brazelton Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Boston


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.’

Jane Healy
Jane M. Healy

Learning specialist and author of Your Child’s Growing Mind