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The Out-of-Sync Child has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction Paperback – January 7, 2003

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About the Author

Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., a preschool teacher for over 25 years, has a special interest in children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction. She collaborated with leading SI authority Lynn A. Balzer-Martin, Ph.D., OTR, to develop an innovative program to screen young children for this disorder. Ms. Kranowitz writes and speaks regularly about the subject and is a consultant to schools wishing to provide SAFE activities for strengthening all children's healthy neurological development.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (January 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399528431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399528439
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two recent publications, co-authored with Joye Newman, a perceptual-motor therapist, are "GROWING AN IN-SYNC CHILD: SIMPLE, FUN ACTIVITIES TO HELP EVERY CHILD DEVELOP, LEARN AND GROW" (Perigee, 2010) and the book's sequel, "IN-SYNC ACTIVITY CARDS" (Sensory World, 2012). Unlike my previous books focusing on SPD, these are for ALL children, with or without learning problems. Our message is clear: Children must get off the couch and on the move! We offer 110 enjoyable movement experiences to give kids of all ages and stages a head start and a leg up. Please visit our website, www.in-sync-child.com and contact us if you would like us to do a presentation on our "In-Sync" program for your parent group or PTA.

Writing has always been a pleasure as well as a necessity to help me make sense of the world. When I write it, I get it. A subject that made no sense to me at all when I began teaching at St. Columba's Nursery School in Washington, DC, was the behavior of some little kids who seemed "out of sync" with the world. They captured my attention and my heart. Driven to learn about what made them tick -- or what made them NOT tick -- I studied Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) so I could become a better teacher. I found that SPD is a developmental problem that interferes with children's ability to function smoothly in daily life. When recognized and treated, kids (and adults) with SPD can become more "in sync."

Parents, pediatricians, teachers and other caregivers, too, need to understand how SPD plays out at home and school, so I wrote "The Out-of-Sync Child" and "The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun," both published by Perigee. Sensory World published more books, including "The Goodenoughs Get in Sync" for children, and "Preschool Sensory Scan for Educators" (or, "Preschool SENSE"), written for early childhood teachers and occupational therapists working together. You can see the whole list of my publications at www.sensoryworld.com or www.out-of-sync-child.com When I'm not writing about the kind of sensory-motor and perceptual-motor experiences that parents and teachers can provide to help children with SPD, I'm talking about it at venues all over the world.

I grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, graduated from Barnard College in New York, and earned an M.A. in Education & Human Development from George Washington University in Washington, DC. I have two splendid sons, two phenomenal daughters-in-law, and five marvelous grandchildren. My partner, Mark Zweig, and I live in Bethesda, Maryland. I play the cello, bike and hike, read real books (i.e., printed on paper), and answer every e-mail. Check it out: carolkranowitz@out-of-sync-child.com

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Carol Stock Kranowitz has done it again! He first book, The Out-of-Sync Child was a god send for parents and teachers of children who have difficulties with processing and interpreting the sensory stimuli that they are bombarded with each day. Now, she goes a step further with her newest entry The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, which is a treasure-trove of activities that can help a child feel more comfortable with tactile, vestibular, proprieceptive, and other forms of stimuli. This really neat book starts out with an introduction to sensory integration and explains the sensory difficulties that children with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration [DSI] experience and then she discusses SAFE [Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun, and Easy]. Each subsequent chapter focuses on a particular sensory modality, such as vestibular, proprieceptive, visual, auditory and olfactory and gustatory [smell and taste].
Each chapter starts out with a thumbnail sketch of a child with that particular sensory challenge, then give a brief overview of that sensory dysfunction, including a modality. Each activity lists the appropriate age range, the materials needed, what the child can do, and the sensory benefits that the activity offers. Each chapter is like this, so the teacher or parent can select the chapter that best fits the child and go from there. This is also true for the section on SAFE activities for sensory-related skills, such as motor planning, oral-motor skills, fine-motor skills, and bilateral coordination. At the end there is an appendix which includes a glossary of terms relating to sensory integration, recommended materials, a list of places where materials can be ordered from. This book should have been available yesterday and it is not time for children with autism and related disabilities to have FUN while having a sensory processing therapy and there's not better place to start than this book! A DEFINATE MUST HAVE!
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This is a fantastic resource that I reference again and again for great play ideas that actually help my son develop his brain in the areas of motor planning, fine motor, bilateral, etc. This book is FULL of great play ideas, like bean bag mania for bilateral integration and a simple length of cottom tubing as a proprioceptive giving tunnel. The obstacle course section alone is worth the price of the book; examples include, use flour to mark an outside obstacle course, like a line of flour on the grass for a somersault section... Get this book now, it is the number one idea resource for parents whose children are in OT (Occupational Therapy).
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If you have a child with sensory issues this book is a must have. I have bought all different types of activity books to help entertain my son. None of them are helpful for a child with sensory issues because they all focus on activities that are hard for him. THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!
The activities are well explained and so do-able in the home. They have been a great stress reliever for our family.
Kranowitz has them organized by category and goes through the benefits and ways to adapt each activity depending on your child's defensiveness. If you have a special needs child you will find this book very helpful.
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By A Customer on April 9, 2004
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This book transformed the way I looked at education...not just for children with special needs, but ANY child. This book is bursting at the seams with practical, detailed descriptions of activities that parents, teachers, occupational therapists can participate in with children to promote their sensory integration and academic success. I really appreciated the instructions giving ways to create or purchase equipment and also different variations on one activity to fit the needs of the child(ren) you are working with. This is a beautiful companion to "The Out-of-Sync Child" and I would highly recommend both of these books to anyone who cares about or works with children.
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By A Customer on August 18, 2003
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This is one of the most used books in my teacher library!! This book is a great companion to The Out Of Sync Child, However, The Out of Sync Child has Fun takes a hands on approach instead of a more information driven format. This book is loaded with a lot of excellent activities to meet a childs every sensory need. I would recommend this book not only to educators and OT's but to every new parent. I believe that there is great value in these activities and a child emmersed in this type of activity from infancy will be well developed and have a head start. I highly recommend this book as well as The Out of Sync Child also by Kranowitz.
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Since most children who are autistic also have sensory integration dysfunction, this book is key in helping your child develop. There are a lot of great ideas in the book that you can do at home or to suggest to your childs school. One of my favorite parts of this book is the chart that lists each activity and what sensory system it will help. Carol Stock Kranowitz has really opened my eyes on how I can help my son navigate in a world that he doesn't completely understand.
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Carol Kranowitz offers suggestions and advice to those who care for out-of-sync children who need extra accomodations and understanding. Using plain english and many illustrations, Ms. Kranowitz gives caregivers excellent advice on providing fun, therapeutic activities for our children. I highly recommend this book!
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