Children’s Book on Sensory Processing Disorder – The Goodenoughs Get in Sync

Children’s Book on Sensory Processing Disorder – The Goodenoughs Get in Sync

Turn the pages of this six chapter book, The Goodenoughs Get in Sync ~New Edition~ 5 Family Members Overcome their Special Sensory Issues by Carol Knanowitz, and shadow the Goodenough family for one, harrowing day.  Meet the five family members who deal with a different form of sensory processing disorder (SPD). Their solutions to overcoming the challenges of SPD will help families coping with SPD function in a “good-enough way” and learn how to get in sync also. This children’s book about sensory processing disorder will help siblings, classmates, and friends also learn about sensory issues that affect the behavior of many individuals.

Ms. Kranowitz came out with the first edition The Goodenoughs Get in Sync in 2004. Since March of 2010, we can enjoy her revised edition with a new preface and revised introductory chapter to help people understand sensory processing disorder even more clearly.
Her first edition of  The Goodenoughs Get in Sync was the winner of an i-Parenting Media Award and was a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s 2005 Book of the Year for juvenile non-fiction.

The Goodenoughs Get in Sync ~New Edition~ is one of the winners of the Creative Child Magazine 2010 Preferred Choice Award. See post here.

The Story – Two in ONE:

The Goodenoughs Get in Sync is a 96 page book but it is actually two books in one. Younger children read the larger print and find an amusing account of a family that any child with sensory issues can relate to. Read the small print and find a wealth of information that meshes with the story about how sensory processing disorder can affect people in different ways.

The story flows along as if the characters are just speaking to a friend. This is a quote from the large print. Darwin, with sensory over-responsivity says: “…out-of-syc feels like to me. I don’t like when someone nudges me or touches my hair. I’m choosy about clothes and food. My stomach gets upset when I move fast…”

The small print weaves in with the main story and is still in simple and clear sentences: “At school, Miss Morrison helps me with speech. She is a speech therapist. I have auditory distrim…I mean, auditory discrimination disorder. That means I don’t process sounds very well. I don’t always hear differences in sounds.”

The 37 pages added at the end of the story have a wealth of practical, immediately useful information for parents of children with SPD. Three appendices have to do with Sensory Diet Activities, how SPD affects different individuals, and fun and functional techniques for helping kids at home and school. A list of equipment for the sensory diet and even the catalogue companies that provide the suggested equipment is included. Pages of helpful web sites end the book.
Guidance on the pronunciation of difficult words is given immediately after the word. Definitions of sensory processing disorder terms and new words are in bold type and are found in a seven page alphabetize glossary and index. This added feature makes this a handy research book that can have a place next to your dictionary on the book shelf.
I highly recommend The Goodenoughs Get in Sync ~New Edition. This book belongs in homes, at schools, a public libraries, in health professional offices and surely in every hand of a child with sensory processing disorder.
*The Illustrator: T.J. Wylie brings the five family members and their naughty dog to life. The use of charts, colors, color coded tabs, and cartoon looking characters make this book one that children and parents would often want to read and consult.

About the Author 

Carol KRANOWITZ author of The Goodenoughs Get in Sync ~New Edition~ 5 Family Members Overcome their Special Sensory Issues Carol KRANOWITZ earned an M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University in Washington, DC. With a 25 year background as a preschool music and movement teacher, she knows how to present these issues so children can easily understand. Being a mother of two  and a grandmother of four probably helped also.

Throughout the book, the author proves she is very knowledgeable about her topic. Kranowitz, for almost 20 years, has been writing and speaking about SPD and how this developmental problem interferes with children’s ability to function smoothly in daily life. A sensory seeker herself, she is also an internationally renowned speaker and frequently presents for Sensory World/Future Horizons.

Please Note: We are updating this post on October 6th 2016:

Carol Kranowitz is best-known for her first book The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder  — 1st edition 1998, 2nd edition 2006. It focuses on preschoolers and elementary school-aged children.

Throughout the years, over 500 sponsors have brought Carol to their communities for presentations, both in the United States and abroad — including Australia, Canada, England, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, and Switzerland.

To help families, teachers, and professionals understand SPD in children and adolescents, she has written several books, manuals, and other publications, some of which we have reviewed and are listed below.

The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA. with a foreword by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR., author of Sensational Kids. is the long-awaited follow-up to the million-copy bestseller The Out-of-Sync Child. It presents information and advice for tweens, teens, and young adults living with Sensory Processing Disorder, and their parents and it only came out in the Spring of 2016.

This book picks up where The Out-of-Sync Child left off, offering practical advice on living with SPD, covering everyday challenges as well as the social and emotional issues that many young people with SPD face.Growing an In-Sync Child Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow by Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman

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Buy Books by Carol Stock Kranowitz or co-authored by her: 

  • The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years – May 24th, 2016
  • In-Sync Activity Cards: 50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn, and Grow! – May 16th, 2012 
  • Growing an In-Sync Child – Fun Activities for Kids to Develop, Learn and Grow – May 4th, 2010 
  • The Goodenoughs Get in Sync: 5 Family Members Overcome Their Special Sensory Issues – April 1st, 2010 
  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder Revised Edition by Carol Kranowitz (Author), Lucy Jane Miller (Preface)Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder  – April 4th, 2006 

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
  • Carol Kranowitz

    Hey, friends! Thanks so much for the super, thorough review of the new edition of "The Goodenoughs Get in Sync." I'm planning a sequel about the weekend when Grandma Goodenough comes for a visit, starting as a critic and ending as a champion of the family's approach to coping with SPD. Meanwhile, I've co-authored a new book with perceptual-motor therapist Joye Newman. The title is, "Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn and Grow" (Perigee). Please see our website,

  • LornadEnt

    Thanks Carol Kranowitz for leaving a comment and thanks for the kind words about our review. Cannot wait for the sequel about Grandma's visit! Great that you added the website where to find your newest book. Lorna