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

How to Build Your Own In-Sync Child Activities at Home, School or Clinic

December 10, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman will present a live webinar as one of Therapro’s free seminars. Based on their publications, this hour will focus on the “In-Sync Child” Activities method. Objectives include understanding the simple formula for designing activities for sensory, perceptual, and visual development; learning about the new card game, “Move!”; and making up an activity or two, on the spot. Click here

In-Sync Child Activities to Help Kids Develop & Enhance Visual Processing Skills

September 10, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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 and the webinar about visual development in June, this hour will focus on fun and functional movement activities that engage the whole body, not just the eyes.

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Getting and Keeping Your Child’s Vision In Sync

June 4, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 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 present an overview of how vision develops and how it affects all learning and behavior. Learning objectives include reviewing the difference between visual acuity and visual processing; recognizing how lifelong challenges can arise from inaccurately processing the visual world; and understanding how active play offsets deleterious effects of screen time.

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Understanding Sensory Processing Differences at Inkendaal, Belgium

October 27 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

An in-service, virtual workshop for the occupational therapists, speech-and-language pathologists, psychotherapists, medical staff, and other professionals at Inkendaal Revalidatieziekenhuis (Rehabilitation Hospital Inkendaal) in Viezenbeek, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium. The hospital aims to improve the quality of life and self-reliance of people with complex neurological disabilities.

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.

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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.

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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.

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(2023) David A. Bainbridge Uses His SPD to Design Better Buildings

Rather than getting in the way, SPD can lead the way to solutions for the greater good, such as creating work environments with healthy air, light, and space.

(2023) “I’m Allergic to Apples” and Other Excuses: Nonsensical or Intelligent?

August-October issue of Autism Digest.

To get along at home and school without upsetting everyone, children with SPD come up with brilliant excuses to avoid uncomfortable situations. Let’s strive to understand the underlying reasons for their behavior and applaud them for being so smart!


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