- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1st edition (March 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399523863
- ISBN-13: 978-0399523861
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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Kranowitz, a teacher who has worked for 20 years in the field of sensory integration dysfunction and has developed a screening program for its early identification, writes intelligently about a bewildering topic. Fairly common (an estimated 12%-30% of children are affected), the disorder is nevertheless baffling to experts and parents alike, in part because of its diverse, contradictory symptoms: such children may be either hypo- or hypersensitive. Often erroneously diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or labeled "difficult, picky, clumsy, oversensitive, or inattentive," children with SI dysfunction exhibit unusual responses to touching and being touched, and/or to moving and being moved. In concise, well-organized chapters, Kranowitz reveals how the tactile, vestibular (pertaining to gravity and movement) and propriaceptive (pertaining to joints, muscles and ligaments) senses operate. Checklists and sidebars throughout the text compare the "normal" child in various situations to the child with sensory integration dysfunction. Asserting SI dysfunction is best treated by occupational therapy, not by medication, Kranowitz helps clear the way for families to understand a disorder that they may suspect but not have been able to pinpoint.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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When I bought this book - I was at the point of really trying to learn more about my child because many of the things I read on the book jacket were things we were experiencing with her. She had a lot of sensory defenses, that were disrupting her everyday life.
This book seeks to help parents recognize the signs of sensory integration dysfunction, which it does, but my fear is that many parents will read this (as it is highly recommended by developmental pediatricians) and refer it to as a "blueprint" for their child. That is because not much information is known yet about all the different levels of learning and language disabilities out there and parents are desperate for answers.
But what I will also say is that because I read this book - I was armed with the "vocabulary" necessary to show my daughter's child study team that I knew at least some of what I was talking about. So for that reason alone - it is probably worth to own a copy of this book.
Just remember - this is not a one size fits all sort of issue -- so keep searching for more information about where your child lies, and what interventions you should try. This book is not where you should end your quest for information.
In actuality, sensory integration disorder -- or sensory processing disorder (another way of saying it) -- is usually a painful comorbidity with some other disability. It rarely occurs in a vacuum. Many children with disabilities of all kinds suffer from this, and the list of those disabilities is sometimes counterintuitive. If you read Boy in the Moon, by Ian Brown, you will find that his son, Walker, suffers from sensory processing problems that go with having CFC, a very rare genetic condition.
The Out-of-Sync Child helps the reader not only understand their child better, but also to understand the evaluation process better. Why does the evaluator care that he wakes up frequently in the night? What does it mean that he loves bear hugs but lashes out at a gentle touch?
One cannot explain sensory integration disorder in a sound-bite, but at least, thanks to this book, parents have understanding of this multifaceted, complicated disorder, and parents will be delighted to find in the book some immediate solutions for helping the sufferer -- and the parents -- cope.
The treatment of choice for S.I. Disorder is occupational therapy, and many treatments must be carried on at home as well as by the specialist.