The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Revised Edition
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The Out-of-Sync Child broke new ground by identifying Sensory Processing Disorder, a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. This newly revised edition features additional information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHA, autism, and other related disorders.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Out-of-Sync Child
    This book is excellent. It is a resource I will treasure and share for many years to come.

    It is informative and encouraging to parents of children who just don't fit the "norm". Self tests help to determine if you should seek professional help. There are practicle techinques offered to try at home.

    I am keeping this book as a reference for my child's future teachers as well as myself. ...more info
  • out of syn child
    I got the book in great condition, and I can't really review it higher because I haven't gotten through the whole book yet. It seems very helpful so far, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. ...more info
  • Figuring it out
    We had a feeling something was up with our youngest son. His reactions to challenges were hysterical. Even since birth he had a difficult time dealing with things that weren't the way he thought they should be. People told me that he was fine. Some kids are just cranky, some kids are just never very happy. But my gut was telling me something different. It helped that our family physician knows me personally- and believes me. She sent us to Occupational Therapy and recommended this book. Occupational therapy has made all of the difference, but this book helped me to recognize what was up with my son and gave me ideas to deal with it. This book alone can't do it- if you suspect your child has sensory processing disorder, the book will help to solidfy your belief- but no matter how physically healthy your child is, insist on an evaluation- the earlier the better. My son is 100% happier and easier to deal with now at 18 months after just three months of OT. The book itself helps to describe what is going on in clear and understandable language and illustrates with examples. It's a great handbook for SPD (or SID). "The Out-of-Sync Child has fun" is also great and full of creative and fun ways to help sensory integration and to just have fun....more info
  • A Must Read for ANY parent
    This book is the must-read for every parent, whether their children suffer from sensory integration or not. It is an eye opening look into the way we interpret our surroundings, and has given me information, tools, and hope for my daughter, who suffers severe developmental delays from this disorder. I would highly reccommend this book!...more info
  • Children with SPD disorders
    This groundbreaking book deals wit the child with Sensory Processing Disorder , a disorder in which children misinterpret the message from their senses to their brain.
    The book defines Sensory Processing Disorder , lists the common symptoms , as well as it's possible causes.
    It analyses the different types of children with the disorder such as the overresponsive child , the underresponsive child and the sensory-seeking child as well as how to identify these problems.
    Lots of case studies.
    The second part of the book deals with how to cope with SPD , with lots of practical advice and lots of games and exercises to help the SPD child.

    An indispensable guide to parents , teachers , therapists and anyone else with concerns about the 'out of sync' child....more info
  • Lacking
    Although the content of this book is great, it's claim to simplify the concepts of sensory dysfunction are a bit off. Terms are used without any introduction or explination. It is a good book to inform the public on this subject BUT the only book to do so at this point in time. Perhaps the next book or next edition will break it down even more for those who haven't spent years in school reviewing the subject matter. ...more info
  • Great book to learn about Sensory Processing Disorders
    Borrowed this book from a friend and decided that I needed a copy for myself to refer to. Love how it broke everything down and explained SPD. My 5 1/2 yr old has PDD-NOS and has some sensory processing issues. I am looking forward to trying new things to help him process better and have an easier time in elementary school. I am currently enjoying the companion book,
    The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz

    This book was also very helpful in explaining my own quirks that I have but never knew what it was called. Yay. I am not strange. I just process tactile and auditory things different than other people. Somewhere along the way I just happened to figure out what worked best for me and these books explain it perfectly. These books have helped me to understand my son better....more info
  • Must have if you have a sensory sensitive child
    Our early intervention program recommended this book. It's the best to really describe what you are dealing with and ways to cope. Outstanding resource....more info
  • Where has this book been all my life!?
    This has been a "life altering" book in my house. My son, age 6, has Sensory Integration issues. This book was like reading about my life. It described Sensory behavior, why it happened and how you can react to it. I have been "blaming" my "poor parenting" all these years but realized that it is out of his control how he reacts to certain situations. I have changed my behavior and reaction to his outbursts because of this book. Since I read this book, I said to my husband "I am enjoying my son so much". He looked at me like I grew a 3rd eyeball but the reality is I approach parenting so much differently and as a result have enjoyed my son so much more. Also, this book made me realize that naturally, what we are doing to minimize outbursts and issues is what we SHOULD be doing. Also, we have him in an excelling OT/PT program where he receives these therapies 7 times a week at school between the 2---which is what he needed to live with this condition.

    If you are frustrated, if you are learning that you, too, have "an out of sync child"....this book is a must read. Please don't wait until your child is 6 to read it. The sooner the better! I am so thankful my friends recommended this book. It has truly been life altering for the better....more info
  • Highly Recommended
    This book continues to be highly recommended by the specialists working with my son....more info
  • Completely opened my eyes
    This book was recommended to me by an Occupational Therapist after he evaluated my son through the state. At this point, I had no idea what SI was or that my son had it (also autism diagnosis). Since then, this book has become my primary resource for my son and other children I encounter. I've given copies to every member of my family and to my son's teachers. Why? Because it explains why kids do and act the way they do when they have sensory dysfunction.

    One thing my son used to do was put his head on the ground to look at toys. He also used to avoid touching paint, glue, playDoh. He couldn't tolerate a playground and even family birthday parties were overwhelming. This book explains all of these things - all of the reasons why my son was acting the way he was. And since then, with the help of an occupational therapist, we've corrected these behaviors. My son is happier than ever. He still has SI, but he knows how to avoid certain situations and he's learning how to adapt to school, parks, the world in general.

    Carol Stock Kranowitz explains and gives examples of why some kids act out in class, are aggressive, shy, etc. Anyone who is around special needs children will benefit from the knowledge on these pages. It's changed my entire world.

    Like with anything new, learning the ins and outs of sensory integration takes time. It's not a super easy read and until you're familiar with the terms (tactile, vestibular, proprioception, gravitational insecurity, etc) it takes some getting used to. Don't be turned off by this last sentence, anyone can learn it and understand and then apply the techniques.

    Id even recommend this for parents of typical children as everyone can benefit.

    Here's the parts the book is split into:

    1. Recognizing Sensory Integration Dysfunction
    2. Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction

    Some of the chapters include:

    Does your child have Sensory Integration Dysfunction?
    How to tell if your child has a problem with the Tactile sense
    Your child at Home
    Your child at School
    Coping with your child's emotions
    Looking at your child in a new light

    There are also a number of resources listed in the back of the book.
    ...more info
  • Excellent resource
    This is a must-have book for any parent who has a child with Sensory Processing Disorder. It includes information for helping the child at home as well as in the school system. Goes a long way in relieving parental guilt....more info
  • At last!!!!
    I was told about this book by a doctor and finally I feel better knowing there is a name for what our child was experiencing. We thought it was odd he never cuddled and did not like to walk on certain textures, etc. As i read this book, I could picture exactly how our child would react to situations and it all clicked. Now he is getting a therapist trained in sensory development. ...more info
  • BUY this BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This book is a MUST HAVE if you have a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, SID, autism, Asperger's ANYTHING! It has things to look for and helps you to understand SPD much more! Also great for kids who work with special needs kids!...more info
  • fabulous book for parents with spd affected kids
    This book was recommended by my son's OT as a springboard to understanding SPD. I found it to be enlightening and informative. Some of the technical chapters can get a bit tangled but the advice given is valuable to any parent with an SPD affected child. Awareness is the first step and this book contains tools to help a parent recognize and seek help for their child. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Opened my eyes wider!
    This was a great book. Very helpful. Our daughter has been diagonsed with Dyspraxia and Hypotonia and this book really hit the mark for us. It cleary explained things that had been difficult to understand regarding her behavior. It was recommended by our daughter's Occupational Therapist....more info
  • Help for Out of Sync Parents!
    GREAT! WONDERFUL! I'm not alone! This book described my 5 year old perfectly. I now have a better understanding of him, and therefore have become a better parent to him. Our whole house is now more in sync! A must read for parents of all children!...more info
  • The Out of Sync Child
    EXCELLENT!!! This lady really understands SI and the children with it. I had the opportunity to attend one of her seminars and it was wonderful. If SI had a bible this would be it!...more info
  • Understanding a complicated behaviour
    This book is very easy to read and understand. Once I began reading the introduction I identified a lot of the behaviours with a child in my care. The author has a great pen and a complete understanding of her topic choice. I recommend this book to all who are concerned about a child in their care whose behaviours you don't quite understand....more info
  • great book
    Understanding your child's sensory integration disorder can help your child be the best they can be
    A Moment of Peace: Relaxation for Parents AudiobookA Moment of Peace: Relaxation for Children...more info
  • Informative and Easy to Read
    An easy to understand guide to understanding Sensory Processing Disorder. You can get a lot out of this book even if you don't read the whole thing or read it in order. Although it's a book on a disorder, it's not written in unintelligable 'medico-speak'. It's clear and easy to read. This book was recommended to me and it was definitly worth the cost. Being able to spot the symptoms will help you realize that your child/student/neice/friend- or you yourself- is not nuerotic or crazy (anyone else unable to handle ticking clocks?) but has a disorder that can be dealt with. Also wonderful is the book's emphasis on help and how to get it. Don't let your instincts be brushed aside by doctors! This book is a huge help as SPD becomes a more recognized diagnoses; symptoms are listed so you can fill out a checklist and see if your child fits. Instead of having your child dismissed or labeled as 'lazy', 'hyperactive', 'low-energy', 'ADD or ADHD' (SPD is often mistakenly diagnosed, sometimes as these two disorders instead) ect, understand where the problem is coming from and get help- starting with this great book....more info
  • Informative and builds awareness on SI
    My child's teacher let me borrow this book after some concerns about some sensory issues he was having. This book clearly lays out senses, their function and better yet examples of normal SI and sensory dysfunction. Although my child is not on the spectrum where he would be considered to have SID, the book provided me with an understanding as to why he seems to be sensory driven in everything he does. With the knowledge from this book, I can now "feed him a better sensory diet" as opposed to continue on with my frustrations. The book also has A TON of resources for those children who may need further evaluations. ...more info
  • Helpful Resource
    I really appreciate the time, effort and detailed information placed in this edition. It's a valuable resource for those who have a love one diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). It's a very applicable book; I have literally taken several of its practices. There is also a nice section in the back about additional resource organizations. For me it was a must have to expand my knowledge and help library....more info
  • The Out of Sync Child
    Very up-to-date informative book detailing sensory integration issues and ways to deal with these pertinent issues. A good tool for beginners and folks just getting their feet wet out in the field....more info
  • Must Have
    If you have a child with special needs, get this book! Opens up a whole world of insight into the sensory system and how it affects behavior....more info
  • A must-read
    Every parent, teacher, family member and care taker of a child with sensory processing disorder should read this book. It's an easy read that really breaks down the basics into digestible nuggets. A top book on the subject....more info
  • Too Technical
    This book was some what helpful if you have no idea what Sensory is. However, I found it to technical and little information on an action plan or helpful hints!...more info
  • This book will change your SPD life
    Get this book and learn how to help your SPD kids - a real eye opener and a grounding book. ...more info
  • Very Pleased!
    I have two children that experiece this disorder and I really enjoy this book. It is very down to earth as well as provides me with the insight and oppertunities to create better communication and life with our children. I would highly recommed it to anyone as alot of individuals are missed in their diagnosis and this could provide some great information. ...more info
  • The Out-Of-Sync Child
    I had never heard of Sensory Integration Processing Dysfunction (SIPD) and after searching for answers that described my child's problems I was so glad to finally have a "correct" diagnosis plus an explanation that answered why he behaved the way he did. I had been searching for answers and had my child diagnosed with inappropriate diagnosis so I was glad to have an answer. My son is just a couple months shy of 10 years old and it (SIPD) had really done a lot of harm to him (he is out-of-sync) as the title describes and now I can help him.
    The book is easy to understand but it is a lot to absorb when you realize how all the different senses can be affected. I would recommend that schools, counselors, etc. get to know more about it. I'm sure that my child isn't the only one out there who has suffered unnecessarily and been considered the behavior problem in class. I was so glad to be able to call the superintendent of the public school system to speak to him about my findings and to let him know that the school needs to be up-to-date on these types of things. I withdrew my child from the school so I could home school him and it's been difficult but now we're starting to recover as we are at the beginning on occupational therapy. What a blessing! Thank God! ...more info