‘The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun’

by Carol Stock Kranowitz

This is a superb resource for working with children with Sensory Processing difficulties.

In my job as resource teacher, I am encountering more and more Occupational Therapy and other reports for the children I work with, which include the area of SPD ( Sensory Processing Disorder).

SPD often coexists with conditions such as ADD, ADHD, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome and Specific Learning difficulty. It may be severe or mild. Struggling to devise an appropriate IEP for pupils with such needs I discovered the book ‘The- Out- of- Sync Child Has Fun’ by Carol Stock Kranowitz.

What a find? This has become my Sensory Bible!

It is written in simple, everyday language and takes the mystery out of terminology such as the Vestibular Sense, the Proprioceptive Sense, the Olfactory Sense and many other terms which appear in Occupational Therapy reports and others. The book provides detailed practical and fun activities which can easily be done in the classroom or playground with one or more children. Many activities do not need any props or resources and those that do generally require basic everyday materials found in the home or school. Simple illustrations are also included where needed, to clarify some explanations.

Chapter 1 explains Sensory Processing and the difficulties encountered by children with issues in this area. The following chapters focus on each sensory system such as hearing or touch or on a by-product of sensory processing like fine motor skills and crossing the mid-line.

This is a ‘must have’ for primary teachers and any parent who has a child with Sensory Processing Difficulties.

Theresa Woods

Other useful resources for working with pupils with Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder:

Smart Moves Programme

Fun Deck – Therapy Ball Cards.

(Both of these are available from ‘Thinking Toys’