Friday, February 4, 2011

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

The Out-Of-Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz is a necessary resource for any family dealing with Sensory Processing Disorder. I came across this book many years ago when I began working with a nine year old boy with autism who struggled a lot with sensory processing issues. Now, many years later, I have yet to find another book that so clearly explains what Sensory Processing Disorder is and what it's not. If you are new to this area, then it may take a bit longer to get through the jargon, but once you become familiar with the terms, it's a much easier read and is very informative. The book describes symptoms of the disorder both through useful checklists, and also personal case studies of different presentations of sensory processing disorder (for example, the over-responsive, under-responsive, and sensory seeking child).
 All too often sensory processing problems are misdiagnosed and children are labeled a "behavior problem." Carol Kranowitz does a great job of clearly explaining how the senses (tactile, visual, vestibular, proprioceptive, etc) affect a child's behavior and urges us to look at the whole child before we attempt to label an action and assume intent. After reading this book many parents have shared with us what an eye opener it was for them. If you feel like you already have a good understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder and are looking for a book with more specific strategies, then I would recommend The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun instead. Although one chapter in this book is dedicated to different activities to try, the sequel does nothing but that!

Does your child have sensory processing issues? If so, then stay tuned because we'll soon have a free give-away to help the out-of-sync child who cannot stand bothersome seams!



  1. I love this book and have the other about having fun too. It is true, these kids are told they are behavioral problems in preschool and such. Our son hid under a rug at preschool and was sent to office or touched kids heads since he had to touch everything and again sent to office for being "naughty". Its great we were about to realize there was more to it than that and I hope other parents can do the same, even if they question it but feel uneasy about getting help for their child, there are MANY parents in this situation, they are not alone!!

  2. Thanks so much for the advice. It's great to hear from parents. I can't imagine how hard and hurtful it must be when others misunderstand your child. I'm glad that this resource was helpful and it sounds like it may be useful for folks in the school system too!