The Out-of-Sync Child: How Sensory Processing Disorder Affects Kids with ASD

Carol Kranowitz

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Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Time: 6PM Pacific Time (9pm Eastern)

Topic: The Out-of-Sync Child: How Sensory Processing Disorder Affects Kids with ASD
Speaker: Carol Kranowitz

Description: Most children with autism are “out-of-sync,” withdrawing from physical contact, refusing to participate in everyday activities, or responding in unusual ways to sensations of touch, movement, sight and sound.   These children don’t behave as we expect — not because they WON’T, but because they CAN’T.   The underlying reason is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a developmental problem causing inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their bodies and surroundings.  Parents, teachers, and other caregivers can provide fun sensory-motor experiences to address autistic children’s sensory needs and help them participate and communicate with their peers – in general education or special education classrooms, on the playground, and at home.

41 thoughts on “The Out-of-Sync Child: How Sensory Processing Disorder Affects Kids with ASD

  1. Very sad that I missed it! Is there going to be another topic similar for preschool children. I work as an Education Resource Specialist for Head Start.

  2. My six year old daughter will not keep her socks and shoes on. She has been doing this since she was 2yrs old. What can I do? Also, she is a very picky eater. How can I get her to try new foods? Would theraputic listening help my daughter who is on the autism spectrum. She is very sensitive to some noises.

  3. A wonderful topic that is not talked about enough! My question is: How can we get educators to understand the importance of sensory breaks?

  4. This is so awesome to be able to participate in this session, especially at no cost. As a parent, my resources are limited…
    I have read The Out of Sync Child, and I am a parent of a kiddo with these issues. In the early days of our dx, 7 years ago, I read as much as I could get my hands on, and have sat-in on hours of OT and ST therapy sessions. I believe that there are always new things to learn, no matter how much you think you know, so I am really looking forward to this webinar!

  5. Carol is amazing! Carol addresses all the issues parents and teachers are dealing with in a fun and energetic way. A must see for any and all interested in better understanding sensory processing!

  6. By far, the Out-of-Sync Child should be one of the first books read by a family that has just heard that their child has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The author paints a picture of what the child is really going through and what it looks like.

    Many actions the child presents are most likely misunderstood and as a result, not acted on correctly, or worse, reacted on or treated as a bad behavior, thus resulting in a bad punishment. This book, as well as The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun are the beginning to bring understanding about what these children on the spectrum are going through in “OUR world,” all the while trying to just get along in “THEIR world.”

    This webinar should prove to be an enlightening evening for all those that choose to take in this presentation.

    Patrick J. Mader

  7. I wanted to know about a detox for autism I have a 15yr old son with autism and I was wondering if there is a detox that will help clean out his system.

  8. I am a mother of a little girl with autism and we are still learning about how their world is different. As a parent and educator I would like to thank you for recommending a book that will help understand their world. My daughter is 11 and I would like to know if we should not allow her to have anymore immunizations and how far we should take the diet advice. (I guess I have 2 questions0. Thank you, Rhonda

  9. It’s been a long journey for my 8 year old and a hard and painful one for us parents as we faught to get his needs met. Thank you for bringing this out to the world so they will know and understand These Children aren’t bad just diffrent.

  10. I’m very excited about this upcoming webinar! I read the book some time ago and it really helped me understand some of my 9 year old son with Autism sensory issues. I have a feeling that I will be re-reading this book very soon…Thanks!

  11. Libby McClure, My son takes his shoes and socks off too…..He like the was the floor, grass or anything feel on his feel….so they get older a lot of that will change….By staying on my son about keeping his shoes on he only take them off in the house and when we play outside in the grass…….Right now he eat a lot of foods because I mostly always gave him what my family were eating….I know it’s hard but you can’t give up…….Ieasha

  12. Hi
    We have a little guy who is 3 and diagnosed with ASD when he just turned 2. He did the usual pushed us away didn’t respond to his name and was very quiet. I used to watch him constantly to see if I could figure out was was going on in his head, we played by his rules and everything was quiet and we didn’t bother him as we didn’t want to upset him. One morning he was sitting at the table and I began singing a nursery rhyme at the top of my voice and doing the actions, there was no reaction at first just a slight Glance – I continued doing this every Day for about a week along with bring our other two children into the room and we would have floor time lots of laughing and games. I noticed him smiling one day and looking our direction I knew he was showing interest, his dad would be playing with the other children throwing them on the couch and lifting them and swinging them round, E could see how this could be fun and after a while walk over and stood beside me and then sat on the mat where I was singing with the other 2 children. The play was loud and exagerated to catch his attention. no he will raise his hands for you to pick him up and laughs all the time he loves music and tries to copy his syblings so yes it works. I thing it may seem like your going back to your own childhood but coming down to their level and exagerate play will create interest for you little one and hopefully you will share the same great joy we do today, lots of laughs and interaction.

  13. My son will not eat table food of any type. I have tried everything. He will hold a cookie or chip in his hand , occassionally a lick. This is huge progress but not enough. He is 3 years old. He has many behavior issues which time-out is not effective. How do you discipline a child who does not understand. Don’t get me wrong, he does understand “no”. He likes to scrub his forehead and cheeks across the carpet which causes carpet burns. He has many sensory issues. The main problem now is not receiving ABA therapy. ABA stop when he turned 3. He is on a waiting list. However, he has regressed. I am looking forward to this webnar.

  14. Sometimes my child is so disoriented. He can’t find a calming place within himself. He throws himself on the floor and bangs his head on the floor and then cries and looks right at me like he wants me to help him.

  15. Hi folks, what does everyone think of ABAs, and the Lavaas techniques?
    For us its working, but slowly, we were going crazy with all the info, websites and pamphlets that people were giving to us but we got very little ‘hands on’ ideas about what to do.
    We were desperate to do something, anything rather than wait for all the paperwork to go thru and we were panicking that time was moving forward but our little boy was slipping away into his own world without us.
    We find that his sensory perception of all things was way off, he hears things differently and experiences things we cant, Im pretty sure he hypersensitive to a lot of external input, sound is the one that negatively affects him the most.
    Anyway, looking forward to the Webinar !
    Brett.

  16. My daughter who is on the ASD is very much a SPD child. She lacks sensory input just this past week she went outside in 10 degree weather without a coat and shoes. I found her just sitting in the snow…I said get inside aren’t you cold all she replied was “mom my bubbles are broken” as she is holding bubbles in her hand. She loves to turn the water on COLD in the shower and get in…….plus many other things. I have read this book Having fun with the Out-of-Sync child and LOVE it! It helps me to help her alot. Still have a lot to learn though!

  17. One more after reading my comment it looked as if she was outside for a long period of time without my knowledge. I told her she could sit on the stairs in the garage but about 2 minutes later I heard the garage open and when I went to check what why it was opening that when I caught her running in the snow. Anyway, thats all. Thanks again for this!

  18. I plan to announce this on a sensory processing support group website. The more awareness we can bring to this, the easier our children and families lives will become.

  19. My son will be 16years in April 2011 and he is autistic. He likes swimming and talking a walk but the only challenge which I face is he runs away from home alone I’m scarred that he can be knocked by a car, since he is not aware of danger in his environment

  20. My 12 year old daughter won’t bathe, wash, or comb her hair. As a result, her hair is matted and nasty. She also wears the same clothes everyday. We’ve taken her to docotors, the bills are extremely high, and she is on medication, to no avail. Please let us know what we can do to help her. No one wants their child to be the odd one out.

  21. Its a amazing issue and good steps which could reach to persons with autism and helpful to all people for better prevention. Neurological and psychological both area covers by this topic and services will be available at all places like school and periphery, home, social sector etc. Thanks for the generous creation.

  22. I have three kids,one with ASS and Dyslection.
    Although i’m working as a psychologist and pedagoog in The Netherlands,i’m still learning how to deal with some ways to help my son and to understand his way of seeing this world.
    He’s a very sweet boy and eager to learn,specially the things in school he dont understand.
    It’s amazing me,how patience he is in this all.
    Thanks for all the comments here,it helps me a lot.
    You’re all special to me.

  23. My son was diagnosed with sensory integration dysfunction (SID)/borderline autism at age 5. I read the book Out of Sync Child at that time. My son was placed in occupational and speech therapy at that time. SID effected my son’s life. He was very sensitive to loud sounds like thunder. He would run away from loud sounds. I had to cut tags out of clothes because he was highly sensitive. He would pick at scabs on sores. As he grew up, the effects lessened. My son was in special education classes for reading and place on a behavior plan. He constantly struggled in elementary school, but I worked with the teachers and the school with him. Today my son is 12 years old and in the 7th grade. He still has special education reading, but when we went to the ARD, they took away the behavior plan. They said that they can handle his behavior issues in class. My son’s only problem now is he is distracted and bored in some classes. He played football on the school team. He is an artist and loves to build things with legos. I am very proud of his achievements and we continue to look for ways to keep him interested in his school subjects.

    In conclusion, I totally agree that SID effects autism. I have experienced this myself. The thing about public school is they have no time to adjust classes for SID/Autistic child; however, as parents we must insist that they make the adjustments for our children to learn. As parents we need to learn more about our school districts including their State laws on special education teaching.

  24. Sensory processing disorder can have multiple effect on a child with ASD… the most significant effect is seen on their learning… if the sensory problem is not identified then the child may not have an effective learning environment…..
    some times parents fail to understand why their kid is avoiding certain stimuli…

    there is an absolute need to educate ppl about such disorders and how well can they help the child to adjust effectively in one’s environment….

  25. Our son just got diagnosed with ASD. He is 8 years old. We always said he was different but we never thought his behavior was not normal. He has sensory issues on almost everything and has trouble socializing outside our home. We have a lot of questions and feel lost as we don’t have any knowledge about autism. Thank you very much for having this discussion, now I know where to start! I will definitely read The out-of-sync Child. Thank you so much.

  26. I conducted a research piece last august 10 on the benefits of animal assisted therapy for people who are affected by the condition that is autism. my research concluded that without doubt that animal assisted therapy for autistic people is without doubt benefical

  27. will be interesting to listen to.

    what do you mean by, “a developmental problem causing inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their bodies and surroundings.”

  28. Autism is one of the most severe developmental disorders of childhood, occurring in at least 1 in 1000 children. Many people with autism have
    severe relationship and communication problems, in addition to motor, sensory and cognitive difficulties.

  29. i have a 4 yr old with sensory issues.he sometime gets the bouts of not wearing any clothes.he also doest feel like eating nearly any thing.we force feed him with a same type of meal nearly every day..he just puts off his hunger with water.he is also very hyper and keeps talking nearly irrelevant things to himself.also he likes to keep talking about his or others behinds and likes touching my breasts.are there any medicines to help him behave like a normal 4 yr old.

  30. I have read a lot of the book very informative. Have a 12 yr. old grandson with PDD autism. He has problems with auditory & tactile,(constantly squeezing & twisting anything) we have tried variety of interventions nothing seems to work. these are 2 of the worst for him although hw at times has others.
    Carole

  31. I think that this topic is great!! I have an 8 y.o. son that lives with ASD. I’m trying to get some light shed on how to help him with his sensory issues especially with the aspect of him and proper hygiene.

  32. We found out my son has Persuasive Developmental Disorder with a combo of ADHD and possible Sensory Processing Disorder when he was 2 1/2 and he is now turning 5 yrs old today.
    He does not like the sound of the blender, elecric razor blades so he refuses to get a haircut, electric toothbrushes, hair dryers, vacuum cleaner – he still runs and he is 5 yrs old now.
    He does not like chicken, pork chops, steak or hamburgers. He likes alot of pasta and PB&J sandwiches. Even if he likes the food item, he keeps the mushed up food in him mouth for along time and it takes giving him some more drink that he’d already drank at dinner or lunch to swallow the food. It’s like he forgot how to chew and swallow his food at the moment.
    He pretends to grab the characters out of the television and pretend to act out the tv show or movie with them in the livingroom. My son also likes to take both shoes & socks off anywhere in the house. He used to take them off at stores, restaurants, in the car, at the park or other peoples’ houses and at school or daycare. Not it’s just down to our house or maybe school sometimes.
    He puts everything in his mouth still at age 5. From fuzz on the carpet, buttons, paper clips, staples, car wheels, toys, pencil erasers, he chews up pencils on the side of it, small bouncy balls end up mushy in his mouth. We have to constantly be on him or take stuff out of his mouth.
    My son is in Preschool Special Education and he has the attention span of about 1 minute and when he’s worn out from constantly being redirected he ends up locking up and having a temper tantrum on the floor or start running around and climb on furniture and very uncontrollable.

  33. this is a great resource and i am glad it is available. my 11 year old son has aspergers and has always struggled to be comfortable in certain clothes and shoes. even having hair cuts are miserable for him. as a teacher, i have always worked hard to help my sensory kids by modifying their environment as needed. for parents with sensory kids, it is imperative to work with the teacher to make their school environment one that they feel comfortable in. lighting, sound, seating, etc…all need to be considered. even fire drills can send a sensory kid into overload.

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