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The Out-of-Sync Child – Foster and Adoption Book Review


From the Cover of The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. :

“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 disregarder,” needing a jump-start to get moving.

Over-responsivity  – or under-responsivity – to 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 seeker” may crave sensations, constantly playing in mud, cramming food in his mouth, seeking movement.

Poor sensory discrimination? She may not sense the difference between objects or poor 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 Disorder – 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 new sections on vision and hearing, picky eaters, and coexisting disorders such as autism and Asperger’s syndrome, among other topics.”


5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What I Thought:

Early on in our fostering journey, we tackled parenting a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), this book was one of the most effective tools at helping education our family on the SPD diagnosis. I highly recommend this book to every family that is navigating SPD or even a possibility of SPD as a resource.

This book begins as Part I Recognizing Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  There are checklists in this section that you can mark if your child displays particular behaviors. This will help you better understand if your child is exhibiting signs of overresponsive, underresponsive, or a sensory-seeking child. Next, comes more background information about the disorder as well as a sample of a sensory-motor history questionnaire. This is another checklist type questionnaire that will help an occupational therapist have a better idea of behaviors your observing your child exhibit.

The next chapters of the book detail the different types of senses and what can go wrong/what SPD looks like in children: Visual, Auditory, Vestibular,  Olfactory, Gustatory, tactile, and proprioceptive. These chapters do an incredible job of detailing typical versus a child with a dysfunction of each of the senses.

Part II of the book is about coping with Sensory Processing Disorder. The beginning of this section helps parents understand the process of diagnosis as well as effective treatment. Then moves into how to help your child in the home and at school. These chapters once again give incredible detail in helping you as a parent really have tangible things to do with your child and how to help them in these different areas of their life. The book ends with a chapter on coping with your child’s emotions as well as your own.

This is one book that I have on my family bookshelf that we return to often. It has highlights, underlines, notes, and flags throughout the book. This book is a must read for parents, caregivers, etc of children with Sensory Processing Disorder. This book is a wonderful resource for foster and adoptive parents as there is a very high probability you will one day parent a child with SPD and to be prepared with what to watch for and how to handle different everyday things with your child will truly help you in your parenting your future child.

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