The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

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Preschool was such a time of emotional turmoil.  Not only did I have to watch my first-born son run off into a new world of independence, but I had to worry about how much independence he could tolerate.  He had developmental delays in many areas and all the terms and suggestions that the teachers and therapists were throwing at me were overwhelming to say the least.  But one person, an occupational therapist, changed our lives forever.  She said that my son had Sensory Processing Disorder and she suggested reading a book, The Out-of-Sync Child:  Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder.  I was very reluctant. . . my son didn’t have any disorders.  I bought the book and absorbed every word and realized that my son did have Sensory Processing Disorder.

The Out-of-Sync Child:  Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, is a well-written book that explains what Sensory Processing Disorder is and how it affects many children in different ways.  I liked that there were examples of how a neurotypical child would react to a situation compared to a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.  There were clear explanations of the senses and I learned that there are actually more senses than hearing, vision, taste, smell and touch.  The vestibular and proprioceptive senses were new to me but I learned that they were a large part of my son’s challenges.

The book discusses the three categories of Sensory Processing Disorder which include: Sensory Modulation Disorder, Sensory Discrimination Disorder and Sensory-Based Motor Disorder.  I learned that my son was a sensory seeker which falls under the Sensory Modulation Disorder category.  He needed to bounce, spin and just move all the time.  I never understood how he could spin so much until I read the book and learned that his body craved that sensation.

The book also discusses different types of therapy and the role an occupational therapist may have with a child that shows symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder.  My son has been going to an occupational therapist for nearly five years.  Therapy has been a great outlet for him to satisfy his sensory needs which in turn has improved his behavior.

I would highly recommend The Out-of-Sync Child:  Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder to any parent that has concerns with their child’s behaviors or suspects that their child may be reacting inappropriately to daily activities.

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