Saturday, February 28, 2009

Book Review-Out of Sync Child

The Out-of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Do you know a child who plays too rough, is uncoordinated, hates being touched, is ultra-sensitive (or unusually insensitive) to noise or sensations of heat and cold? Many pediatricians and other experts are beginning to recognize a link between some of these apparently unrelated behavior patterns. Children with perfectly normal "far senses" (such as sight and hearing) may have, because of a poorly integrated nervous system, serious problems with their "near senses," including touch, balance, and internal muscle sensation. It's called Sensory Integration Dysfunction, or SI. The announcement of yet another new syndrome is bound to raise skeptical eyebrows--and with good reason. (How do we know which child really has SI, and which one just happens to share some of the same symptoms?) Author Carol Stock Kranowitz argues convincingly, however, that for some children SI is a real disorder, and that it is devastating partly because it so often looks like nothing so much as "being difficult." And, whatever the scientific status of SI, Kranowitz carefully details many routines and remedies that will help children--and the parents of children--who exhibit the behaviors described. This book is a must-read for all doctors, pediatricians, and (perhaps especially) childcare workers. --Richard Farr

Out of Sync Child- Introduction

I found this book to be very informative. It broke down all the sensory areas and then describes what it looks like to be over or under responsive in each area. There are checklists at then end of the chapter to help determine if your child falls into one or more of these areas. There are many anecdotal experiences for the reader to help in the understanding of the different areas. This is fast and easy read that I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn about sensory processing. My only criticism is it breaks everything down into nice neat categories. Nothing in life is nice and neat. My child fell in several different areas depending on the time of day. I later came to find out that that was typical. I appreciated the clear cut distinctions however when I was first learning about this area.

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