The Out-of-Sync Child

Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.


New Preface by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR


I am so heartened by the fact that this book was written and has become a go-to resource for parents and caregivers.  Waldorf education, primarily through Extra Lesson remedial work, has long been aware of and addressed what it calls “sensory integration problems.”  That sensory integration is now recognized as a very real problem that many children face is such very good news for those children.   The depth of understand and research, as well as the highly practical, helpful suggestions offered throughout The Out-of-Sync Child are not just in harmony with the Waldorf approach, they actually help to articulate and deepen it.

The Out-of-Sync Child is a handbook which offers wonderful descriptions of different aspects and presentations of Sensory Processing Disorder.  Each descriptive chapter is followed by an observational checklist which can help anyone, parent, teacher, or caregiver, determine if a child may have SPD.  Just to read through the book is to understand SPD much more deeply, and to become able to imagine the world seen from the eyes of a child who is coping with it.

The second part of the The Out-of-Sync Child is devoted to practical ways to help such a child and ways to cope as a family.  The suggestions include exercises and games that every Extra Lesson teacher will recognize immediately.  I think that every parent will feel seen and understood by the parenting suggestions, also.

This is a wonderful, helpful book.

Very highly recommended.

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