Out-of-Sync Child, The (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:

  • Incredible, life changing book
    If you have a child that is just a little "out-of-sync" with their peers, this book is for you! A college friend that was a practicing Occupational Therapist recommended this book after I asked for her opinion on my second childs behavior during a gathering of friends at our home a few years ago. At the time (2003 - I read the first edition of the book), not many doctors or therapists were educated in working with sensory disorders. Even today 5 years later, many people will look at you like you have 10 heads if you start talking about it. I however, felt that the author must have been hiding in my house while writing the book. It was my child to a tee! I have continued to recommend this book no less than once a month since then and get feedback from people that it was perfect for understanding their 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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  • Required reading!
    Every parent and teacher should read this book. If it doesn't ring a bell with your own child or student, you probably know a child or parent struggling with the same issues! Very well written and easy to understand....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
  • 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
  • Very Good Resource
    I am a behavioral Consultant for children with Autism. I am always looking for good resources to better understand the children that I work with and how I can provide the best help to meet their needs. I previously purchased the companion to this book, The Out of Sync Child Has Fun. I found that it was a great resource for activities and that it provided an overview of different sensory issues. I realized that I needed this book to dive a little deeper into sensory disorders. I think that this has been a great resource for me and I refer it to the parents I work with as well. I also recomend the campanion book as well as I have found some great ideas in it....more info
  • cant live without it
    this book answers all the questions ive ever had about my special needs child. it is so well written. ive bought a copy for all of my close family members so they know all the aspects of my childs disorder. saying i love it would be an understatement....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Parent's/Caregiver's Must!!!!!!
    This book has been Heaven sent, in helping to understand and developed stratigies for my 4 year old son, with Sensory Intergration function and High Functioning Autism. Don't get me wrong it is not a cure all, but helped me understand his sensory issues; therefore, I could aide him in certain areas. I was also able to communicate better with his OT and Developmental Pediatician. I have gained an insight into which sensory areas he has difficuly with. One Example: Never really understood why he would only sleep with 3 blankets over him, covered head to toe. After reading this book, I have come to realize he has a sensory need for deep pressure/touch. Light touch/pressure stimulates a pain response for him. Once this was realized, I spoke with his OT who gave me a list of techinques to intergrate deep pressure into his daily routine. Now this need is not as frequent in some areas. Highly recommend this book to anyone who cares for or teaches children with sensory issues. I have recommended this book to two parents, whom were grateful to have read it. It's clear cut, not full of medical jargon. I am gratefull to the authors for writting this 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
  • Making Sense of Sensory Disorders
    I found this book to be very informative about sensory disorders and ways to help children overcome them.

    The first section dealt with the types of sensory disorders. This became somewhat drawn out for me. There were paragraphs about each type of sensory processing along with a chart of normal and SPD kids reactions. I found that the charts were more interesting to read and that I was able to see the disconnection of the child with SPD much better. The checklists for identifying which SPD your child might have were interesting in the details it provides. Unfortunately(?), my son never really fell into one category but had a few "hits" in many categories.

    The second part dealt with ways to help SPD kids overcome their issues. I found this section to be the best part of the book. It showed ways to provide support at home and at school. It gave examples again between normal and SPD kids. I found myself highlighting much of the chapter on how to help kids with SPD progress. I'm looking forward to working with my son on those activities.

    Overall, the book was very good. For those who have researched SPD before, the first section might be a bit repetitive. But, the second section was well worth it!...more info
  • A "must have" for anyone with a child with sensory processing problems!
    When my oldest son was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder we were desperate to find out what that meant and, more importantly, what we could do about it. This book was recommended to me by another parent and I have since given a copy to each set of grandparents and a close friend. Not only does it give a thorough explanation of SPDs, but it also includes checklists for diagnosis, coping strategies, teacher helps, and lots more. Exactly what we needed!...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
  • 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
  • Outstanding Resource!!
    As a clinical psychologist, I have found this book to be invaluable in learning how to screen for Sensory Integration/Processing Disorders, to make recommendations for more precise assessment & services, and to educate parents and other clinicians about this area of practice. Most mental health clinicians--and even teachers--are fairly unknowing when it comes to this topic, I have found. I know that I was certainly in the dark about it until obtaining this book. The only complaint I can make is that the actual book itself is 'poorly integrated' and just completely fell apart after a couple of years! I wish there was a hardback version, but I am going to order a copy of the revised edition and hope for an improved binding! Highly, highly recommended for clinicians, educators, and parents....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