Resources for Early Childhood Motor Development: Meet Carol Kranowitz & Joye Newman

Resources for Early Childhood Motor Development: Meet Carol Kranowitz & Joye Newman
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During one of my  Coffee Klatch tweetchats, I  featured  Joye Newman (photo left) and  Carol Kranowitz, authors of Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow.  Did you know that early childhood motor development is the foundation for a child’s physical, emotional, and academic success? Early childhood motor development refers to a child’s ability to move and control his body.
During Tweetchat, we discussed how even skipping, rolling, balancing and jumping can make a world of difference for our children. Their books are being used as resources for teachers and therapists in many countries. See my review of Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow here.
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Countless special needs parents, educators, therapists, and of course kids have been touched by Kranowitz’s successful book The Out-of-Sync Child : Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder. This reader-friendly book that makes Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) understandable to parents and teachers was published in 1998, revised in 2005. This new edition features additional information on visual and hearing deficits, motor skill difficulties, ADHD, autism, Asperger syndrome, and other related disorders.

The Out-of-Sync Child was awarded the Exceptional Parent magazine’s Symbol of Excellence, and it has been translated into Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Finnish, and Dutch. The million-copy bestseller The Out-of-Sync Child 

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The sequel, The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sendory Processing Discorder, was published in 2003 and revised in 2006. It has sold more than 200,000 copies. The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun presents about 150 playful activities specially designed for kids with SPD. This 2nd edition includes new activities, along with updated information on which activities are most appropriate for children with coexisting conditions including Asperger’s and autism, and more.

In her other books and DVDs and in national and international workshops, Carol explains to parents, educators, and other professionals how sensory issues play out and suggests enjoyable strategies for addressing them at home and school.

Importance of Early Childhood Motor Development

Growing an In-Sync Child was published in May of 2010.  The authors show how simple movement in their “In-Sync Program” can become part of a daily routine. They explain 60 adaptable, easy and fun activities that enhance a child’s development  in just minutes a day. Kranowitz and Newman demonstrate that children at any age and stage, not just special needs kids, can benefit from early childhood motor development activities. Children must be given time to explore, play, engage in lots of physical activity and do things for themselves.  Only then will they get the basic skills they need.
[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”” cite=”Carol Kranowitz,MA ” quotestyle=”style02″] We have cut out the things that are important for development that everyone used to have: the play, the work, the chores. We use this darn video to teach a kid how to count, and play dates where the children come together and they sit and play video games. Living in a 2D world doesn’t exercise the muscles and brain centers needed to learn to live in a 3D world. [/sws_blockquote_endquote]

In May of 2012 Joye Newman and  Carol Kranowitz came out with In-Sync Activity Cards: 50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn, and Grow! See my review of these activity cards here.

Meet Carol Kranowitz, MA
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Carol was a music, movement and drama teacher for 25 years (1976-2001). She was a teacher at St. Columba’s Nursery School in Washington, DC. In the 1980s, Carol and an occupational therapist began screening preschoolers for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a common developmental problem causing difficulty in interpreting and using sensory. They guided children with probable SPD into occupational therapy, the primary treatment for this disorder.

They steered other children with perceptual motor problems (and possible SPD) into purposeful physical activities, best found at organizations such as Joye Newman’s Kids Moving Company. Joye and Carol met and have been buddies ever since.

In 1995, Carol earned her master’s degree in Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. She created a course of study about her special interest in sensory processing and turned her thesis into her book, “The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder”

Carol is Editor-in-Chief of “S.I. Focusmagazine and a board member of SPD Foundation. Her website is

Meet Joye Newman, MA

Joye is a perceptual motor therapist. Perceptual Motor Therapy (PMT) helps children, and also adults, to develop and enhance basic movement and learning abilities. Integrating studies in behavioral optometry, occupational therapy, and psychology into her graduate work, she developed her unique method of PMT.
Recently, Joye closed her Kids Moving Company studio to focus on in-school programs, individual evaluations, and consultations with parents to help them understand how they can help their children become more confident and competent in everything they do.
Joye lectures on school readiness, creative movement, and perceptual motor development, and she consults to area preschools, helping them develop and refine their movement programs. Her website is
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 24 2016
  • Growing an In-Sync Child – Fun Activities for Kids to Develop, Learn and Grow – May 4th, 2010 
  • In-Sync Activity Cards: 50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn, and Grow! – May 16th 2012 

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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.