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Wednesday Words of Wisdom – The Out-of-Sync Child

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Several years ago, my middle son was in a preschool program.  Attending school was very difficult.  Although, I had found a very small, home-based program, he still struggled.  Adjusting to all the expectations of school was very challenging.  The reason was because he had Sensory Processing Disorder.

My husband and I had no idea our son had Sensory Processing Disorder or even what the term meant.  What we did know, was we were exhausted.  At the time, he was five years old.  He had a lot quirky behaviors.  Behaviors that our oldest child did not have.

One day my son’s preschool teacher, pulled me aside to discuss my son.  She told me a parent had visited the school and noticed my son.  The parent said my son had traits of Sensory Processing Disorder. She recommended a book, for my husband and I to read.   The book was called, The Out-of- Sync Child, by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

“Sensory Processing Disorder is the inability to process information received through the senses.” – Carol Stock Kranowitz.

Reading this book had a huge impact.   The author, Carol Stock Kranowitz, has been a movement, music and drama teacher for over 25 years.  She has developed a program that integrates sensory-motor activities for young children at school and home.  Her book was written for parents, caregivers and educators to better understand healthy and unhealthy sensory integration.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a common, but misdiagnosed problem in which messages from the senses are processed incorrectly by the nervous system.  The book, The Out-of-Sync Child, is guide to understand SPD.  It also provides a drug-free treatment approach for children needing help.

This book is an interesting read, but is most helpful for parents and educators of young children.  To know if this book would prove helpful, the author asks the reader to answer these simple questions.

Does your child exhibit…

  • Oversensitivity-or undersensitivity-to touch, taste, smell, sound or sight?
  • Oversensitivity-or-undersensitivity-to movement sensations?
  • Unusually high or low activity level?
  • Problems with motor coördination?

When my husband and I reviewed these questions, we realized our son answered yes to all of them.

The book is organized into two main parts.  Part I provides an overview of SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and how it affects children’s behaviors.  It also offers checklists, questionnaires and anecdotes of children with and without SPD.

Part II includes information and guidance for getting a diagnosis and treatment.  It provides ideas, suggestions and tips for improving a child’s skills at home and school.  The book is written to give a broad picture of Sensory Processing Disorder.  It can be used as a starting point for parents and educators who feel they have a child who struggles from SPD.

Reading this book was the first step in getting support for our son.  It also, helped my husband and I stop blaming ourselves for son’s quirky behaviors.

Hope this book will prove helpful for those who need it.

Talk to you soon, my friends.

Author: insanityofmotherhood

Mom of three boys, wife, educator, and all around nice gal in the middle of a midlife something. It's not a crisis, but it's something…

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