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Best Selling Author Carol Kranowitz Interview with Autism Digest

The Out-of-Sync Child, Third Edition: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Differences

The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Differences (SPD)--and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents--now in a newly updated third edition (2022).

Does your child exhibit...

Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to touch or movement? A child with SPD may be a "sensory avoider," withdrawing from touch, refusing to wear certain clothing, avoiding active games--or he may be a "sensory straggler," needing a jump start to get moving.

Over-responsivity--or under-responsivity--to sensations of sound, sight, taste, or smell? She may cover her ears or eyes, be a picky eater, or seem oblivious to sensory cues.

Cravings for sensation? The "sensory craver" never gets enough of certain sensations, e.g., messy play, spicy food, noisy action, and perpetual movement.

Poor sensory discrimination? The "sensory jumbler" may not sense the difference between objects or experiences--unaware of what she's holding unless she looks, and unable to sense when she's falling or how to catch herself.

Unusually high or low activity level? The child may be constantly on the go--wearing out everyone around him--or move slowly and tire easily, showing little interest in the world.

Problems with posture or motor coordination? The "sensory slumper" may slouch and move awkwardly, and the "sensory fumbler" may be clumsy or accident-prone.

These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Differences--a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents, teachers, and professionals--and a drug-free treatment approach for children.

This revised edition includes expanded information about SPD "look-alikes," including Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and autism; about diagnosis and treatments; and about other topics.

About Carol Stock Kranowitz

When she was a preschool teacher, Carol Stock Kranowitz was curious about why certain young children responded in unusual ways to sensations that did not bother most kids. She learned about sensory integration and processing and wrote the first edition of "The Out-of-Sync Child" in 1998 to help parents and teachers understand and support kids who may be over-sensitive, under-sensitive, confused, poorly coordinated, and/or challenged in other mystifying ways. In April 2022, the third edition of "The Out-of-Sync Child" was published with a revised subtitle: "Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Differences." The word "Differences" replaces "Disorder," to be more inclusive and appreciative of the diverse ways individuals manage and use ordinary sensory messages coming from their bodies and the environment to function smoothly in daily life. This new edition includes a chapter on "look-alike" disorders such as learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism, as well as expanded information on research and treatments, especially occupational therapy.

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