Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., is the author of The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up, The Out-of-Sync-Child, and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun. She is also the co-author on Growing an In-Sync Child with Joye Newman, M.A. She has been a preschool teacher for more than 25 years. She has developed an innovative program to screen young children for Sensory Processing Disorder, and writes and speaks regularly about the subject. She has an M.A. in Education and Human Development.
Kranowitz, a teacher who has worked for 20 years in the field of sensory integration dysfunction and has developed a screening program for its early identification, writes intelligently about a bewildering topic. Fairly common (an estimated 12%-30% of children are affected), the disorder is nevertheless baffling to experts and parents alike, in part because of its diverse, contradictory symptoms: such children may be either hypo- or hypersensitive. Often erroneously diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or labeled "difficult, picky, clumsy, oversensitive, or inattentive," children with SI dysfunction exhibit unusual responses to touching and being touched, and/or to moving and being moved. In concise, well-organized chapters, Kranowitz reveals how the tactile, vestibular (pertaining to gravity and movement) and propriaceptive (pertaining to joints, muscles and ligaments) senses operate. Checklists and sidebars throughout the text compare the "normal" child in various situations to the child with sensory integration dysfunction. Asserting SI dysfunction is best treated by occupational therapy, not by medication, Kranowitz helps clear the way for families to understand a disorder that they may suspect but not have been able to pinpoint. (Mar.)
Children who behave atypically are a challenge to parents and teachers. These two videos present creative solutions to apply with children who have trouble in their home or school environment. While the videos use a lecture format, the dynamic speakers hold the viewer's attention with humor, anecdotes, and the presentation of interesting ideas. Ross W. Greene, director of cognitive-behavioral psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, presents a two-hour seminar for the Cleveland Clinic's Health Talks series on explosive and noncompliant children. Greene favors a better approach than the reward and punishment method and presents his "children do well if they can" idea by emphasizing five basic strategies for parents and teachers to employ, including how to avoid "meltdowns." Offered in a clear, well-spoken manner, Greene's explanations and anecdotes are to the point, witty, and enlightening. By Carol Stock Kranowitz, the author of the book of the same title, The Out-of-Sync Child discusses the manifestations and causes of sensory integration dysfunction whereby preschool children exhibit behaviors that indicate all of their sensory apparatus are not processing correctly. Kranowitz presents strategies for parents and preschool teachers, such as fun movements to music and games to increase children's sensory development. Kranowitz's involving presentation includes a video of her using various sensory-engaging techniques with her class of three- to five-year-olds. Both of these videos are highly recommended for parenting collections in public libraries or education/psychology collections in academic libraries.-Trudie A. Root, Pinellas Cty. Law Libs., Clearwater, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Praise for the works of Carol Kranowitz
"The Out-of-Sync Child has become the parents' bible to [Sensory Processing Disorder]."
--The New York Times
"This book is great! It is a real contribution to the parents of the many children who are so hard to understand. It will let parents off the hook of blaming themselves... and will help them get on to the job of addressing the child's underlying difficulties."
--T. Berry Brazelton, MD, founder, Brazelton Foundation, Children's Hospital, Boston
"Warm and wise, this book will bring both hope and practical help to parents who wonder why their kid doesn't 'fit in.'"
--Jane M. Healy, learning specialist and author of Your Child's Growing Mind
"The Out-of-Sync Child does a masterful job of describing the different ways children react to sensations and integrate their responses to their world. The book provides detailed, practical information that will help parents understand how the nervous system works."
--Stanley I. Greenspan, MD child psychiatrist and author (with Serena Wieder) of The Child with Special Needs
"Comprehensive yet easy to understand... helpful tools for parents to promote healthy integration."
--The Exceptional Parent