The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. [Book Review]

As the parent of two neurodivergent children, I tend to read a lot about the ways our brains function. Some of this is centered around neurotypical (so-called “normal”) brains, but most of it is research on neurodiversity.

This book was recommended to me by several therapists and doctors before I finally picked it up. I don’t totally agree with calling my children, and other people like them, “out of sync,” because it makes them sound broken. And if there is one thing these two amazing people are, it’s not broken.

But this book is more than just its title, and I’m so glad I read it.

cover of SPD book The Out of Sync Child

Book Description

The groundbreaking book that explains Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)–and presents a drug-free approach that offers hope for parents–now revised and updated.

Does your child exhibit…

Over-responsivity–or under-responsivity–to touch or movement?
Over-responsivity–or under-responsivity–to sounds, sights taste, or smell?
Cravings for sensation?
Poor sensory discrimination?
Unusually high or low activity level?
Problems with posture or motor coordination?

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 ADHD, among other topics.

My Rating

Overall, this was a good, informative book. There were a lot of interesting facts and anecdotes inside that explained the way people with Sensory Processing Disorder think, feel, and act. I found myself saying, “So that’s why he does that!” and “She makes so much more sense to me now,” about my kids a lot in this book.

I also got some interesting insights into my own behavior, which has made me look more closely at my own neurodivergence in new ways.

As informative and well-written as this book is, though, there were parts that left me feeling less-than-engaged. Somewhere around the last third of the book, I found myself reading a paragraph, skipping a few, and going straight to the anecdotes that are used to explain the concepts. It was a little dry.

I’m glad that I got through it, though, because it has given me so much more understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder and empathy for the kinds of things some people face on a daily basis. I give this book four of five stars, and recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about neurodivergence and Sensory Processing Disorder.

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