The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder… by Carol Kranowitz

Posted in Reviews, Sensory Issues, Special Needs Teens by - October 06, 2016
The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder… by Carol Kranowitz

Are YOU the parents of a teen with sensory processing disorder, SPD? Are you constantly asking yourself, worrying and wondering if your child as he approaches adulthood will struggle with his sensory issues forever? What could you, his parents, do to help him develop well enough to function smoothly in daily life as an adult? The team at Special Needs Book Review highly recommends 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.

As a music, movement, and drama teacher for 25 years (1976-2001), Carol Kranowitz observed many out-of-sync preschoolers. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she began to study sensory processing and sensory integration (“SI”) theory. She learned to help identify her young students’ needs and to steer them into early intervention. In her writings and workshops, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out – and provides enjoyable sensory-motor techniques for addressing them at home and school.

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 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.

Book About Living with SPD in the Post-childhood Years

If you or a loved one has SPD, you must read this book! It addresses common concerns such as:

  • Dealing with daily activities: grooming dressing, eating, driving, sleeping:
  • Coping with relationships: family, friends, dating, daily social interactions:
  • Living an in-sync live: treating SPD, gaining self-acceptance, finding an OT.

Kranowitz mentions many helpful books and techniques and she explains in detail “Problem Solving Using Dr. Lucy Jane Miller’s Method: A SECRET. Lucy teaches parents, teenagers, and even young children to analyze seven elements in sensory or motor challenges and suggests ideas that may lead to smoother functioning. This preventive approach is also the focus of the book, “No Longer A SECRET: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges” by Doreit S. Bialer and Lucy Jane Miller, (2011).

The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up is very reader friendly. It will be a resource you will turn to many times and its index and table of contents allow you to find information quickly. Not sure if you will understand certain terms used by specialists? No worry, just turn to the GLOSSARY at the end of the book!

Excerpt from The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up 

Chapter 10 Making Friends Page 169

Envision yourself as a teenager with sensory overresponsivity, going to a birthday party with a new friend from school. …But once you get to the party, you feel overwhelmed by sensations, and coping with them is all you can do.

Imagine that it sounds as if other people are hollering and guffawing, not speaking in conversational tones. They chomp noisily on celery and chips. Their forks screech against their plates and teeth. They make sudden gestures, plop themselves down, jump up, move about, and bump into you.

The doorbell rings shrilly, the dog barks, and in comes the pizza delivery man. To the other partygoers, Huzzah! To you, Horrors! Your nose prickles from the smell of tomato sauce and garlic. Others eat it with gusto; you meet it with disgust.”

Does It Get Better?

Ms. Kranowitz gives help and hope to youth and their families by telling them ” It Does Get Better”. The sensitivities, the triggers, and your responses change. As you get older you will learn how to control how you respond to sensory challenges or know your limitations and which places, persons, or items to avoid. Also youth have to be taught to be their own advocate informing others of their needs.

The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up has expert and engaging first-person accounts by teenagers and their family members, along with adults looking back at their personal experiences giving specific coping strategies and helpful insights for those living as – or living with – a teen or young adult with sensory processing disorder. These personal accounts found throughout the book make for very interesting reading. They speak from the heart and tell it how it is!

An APPENDIX titled “About the People in This Book” lets you find the ages the contributors to the book were when they wrote it and what they are doing now.

SPD is a lifelong condition that can be successfully treated, usually with occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach (OT-SI). Adults can certainly benefit because making permanent changes it the brain is always possible. Sensory issues may not completely disappear, but the adolescent and adult can develop decidedly more successful interactions at home, at school, at work, and out and about.

Stiving for a Sensory Lifestyle

Putting into practice the numerous suggestions found in this book can lead to a sensory lifestyle. This is an individual’s way of living that incorporates –or eliminates– sensory stimuli to help the person function smoothly in daily life. It includes sensory integration techniques that an occupational therapist develops to help the person become more self-regulated, alert, and engaged. Getting out there and getting in sync with others takes a lot of purposeful practice for young people with SPD. It takes resolve and work, great information from good books like The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up but the reward of a satisfying life is worth all the effort.

About the Author:

CAROL STOCK KRCAROL STOCK KRANOWITZ, MA, is the author of The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years – May 24 2016ANOWITZ, MA, is the author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, and coauthor of Growing an In-Sync Child. A former preschool teacher who first noticed sensory challenges among her students, she is now world-renowned as a speaker and expert on the subject of Sensory Processing Disorder.

Her new book in the “Sync” series is “The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years” (Tarcher/Perigee 2016). This book follows “The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder” revised (Perigee 2005); “The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with SPD” revised (Perigee 2006); and “Growing an In-Sync Child” with Joye Newman (Perigee 2010). Other Sync titles are a children’s book, “The Goodenoughs Get In Sync” (Sensory World, 2010) and “The In-Sync Activity Card Book” with Joye Newman (Sensory World, 2012).

For 30 years, she has been writing and speaking about SPD, a neurological difficulty in processing sensory information coming in to one’s central nervous system and using this sensory information to function smoothly in daily life.

Carol lives in Maryland, has two sons and daughters-in-law and five grandchildren, and plays the cello.

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Buy Books by Carol Stock Kranowitz or co-authored by her: Growing an In-Sync Child Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow by Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman

  • 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.