• The Out-of-Sync Child, Third Edition

  • Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Differences
  • By: Carol Stock Kranowitz
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Difference (SPD)—and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents—now revised and updated. 

Does your child exhibit....

Over-responsivityor under-responsivityto 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 disregarder," needing a jump start to get moving.

Over-responsivityor under-responsivityto sounds, sights 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? She 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? He may slouch, move awkwardly, seem careless or accident-prone.

These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Difference--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 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.

©2016 Carol Kranowitz (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Good book, lazy organization by Audible

First off, if your child or student has SPD this is a must read book. So glad I found it and wish I’d read it years ago.

Some sections I skipped because they didn’t pertain to my child. Others I took notes on and went back to so I could listen again. Those chapters I will likely reference again in the future as they contain critical insights.

I imagine that’s how many people will use this book and that’s the problem. The chapters of the audio book are not identified correctly.

The first section of the book is called Chapter 1 by audible but it is not the first chapter, it is a preface. The second section is called Chapter 2 by Audible but it is actually the forward. This throws off all chapter titles and forces you to bookmark sections for later reference. This would be so easy to fix and would make the book so much easier to use.

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Helpful!!!

This really helped me understand my out-of-sync child so much better! I had many "Aha!" moments! I highly recommend it to anyone with a sensory processing disorder child!

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ok, not great

it was a struggle to listen to. I was hoping for more information on how to help my child, but most of the book was just describing all the different types of out of sync children, which almost every child would fit into one of those descriptions. The narrator was too monotone.

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I wish I had met this book earlier

I wish I had read this earlier. I wish nursery schools did a better job at helping us parents recognize the signs and suggest early interventions. I feel like they are so scared to tell us something is wrong but what is really wrong is not sharing with us what can be done to help the child.

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Brilliant

This one took me a while to get through it, with starts and stops along the way, couple trips back few pages, here and there.

Overall, it was brilliant!

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Ray detailed, very helpful.

very detailed. extremely helpful in understanding the diagnosis, etiology, evaluation and treatment of sensory processing disorder and its many forms. lots of lists, which makes it a little bit less conducive to an audiobook.

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Buy the real thing

This one is tough to listen to. I think it would be great as a real book, but it’s just though to listen to.

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Good info bad reading

This book has tons of fantastic information for people that are considering having their children test for SPD. My child is already diagnosed so I needed to skip to the last chapters of the book to get what I needed from it. The reader however is condescending and tough to listen to.

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Un libro que vale la pena leer (o escuchar).

Como padre de un niño con autismo este libro me pareció una obra de gran valor; porque ahonda sobre un aspecto que constituye una parte muy importante del autismo: los problemas sensoriales.

Hace tiempo compré el libro en físico y me tomó mucho tiempo terminar de leerlo porque la autora utiliza un vocabulario muy variado, y yo estoy aprendiendo el idioma inglés. Pero ahora, mientras escuchaba la obra en este formato sentí que valió la pena tanto trabajo. Quiero volver a escucharlo muchas veces más. El contenido de este libro es oro molido para alguien en mi situación.

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Very informative

So much information in this book. Author extremely knowledgeable, straight forward realistic. I will be looking for the hard copy to have as well.

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  • Yvonne Harder
  • 11-03-21

excellent for budding OT's and parents alike

Excellent information as valid now than when it was first published. All you need to know to understand sensory processing and integration. I found this really informative and insightful. Only wish I read it earlier. SH Paediatric OT

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  • DCBIASUTTI
  • 02-18-19

Very informative

This really helped me to understand my child. I hope to be able to help him now.

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  • Sarah Hayes
  • 11-30-21

It's ok.

Dyspraxic and sensory issues in adulthood this book is aimed at children but I found it hard to follow as the chapters armt titled, the other thing is it told me I was on chapter 2 when I was on chapter 6 making it difficult to process, the book itself is useful if you can decipher it, and it works well to explain to me as an spd adult that hasn't had it explained growing up.

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  • tracy moorhouse
  • 03-06-18

an eye opener for parents and carers

Such an interesting read on this subject. helps to understand the complexity of child development and how to understand their needs.

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  • Michael H
  • 07-10-20

Limited explanations of the courses

There are some parts of this book that will give helpful insights for many parents. However the book fails to look at other significant causes of motor issues such as the effects of trauma, soldiers with PTSD often have the exact behaviours described in this book. See the Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk for more detail.

Also the suggestion that if it is true sensory processing disorder it can be "fixed" within a few weeks or months of therapy may be very unrealistic.

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  • erin
  • 05-29-16

Brilliant book!

A must read! Learnt so much, great tool and a wonderful reference. Thankyou to all who contributed to this book!