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

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.



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Carol Kranowitz
As a preschool teacher for 25 years, Carol Kranowitz observed many young children with SPD. Today she teaches parents, educators, and other professionals how sensory issues play out and suggests activities for addressing them at home and school. Carol’s books and DVDs, published by Perigee Books and Sensory World, include The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun; Sensory Issues in Learning & Behavior video; a children’s book, The Goodenoughs Get in Sync; and Preschool SENsory Scan for Educators (Preschool SENSE), a screening tool for therapists working with teachers. With co-author Joye Newman, she has written a new book, Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn and Grow. Carol is a Board Member of SPD Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of S.I. Focus, the magazine devoted to sensory processing issues. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and M.A. in Education & Human Development from The George Washington University. She lives in Maryland.

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