WHO IT'S FOR: Anyone who works with and cares about children; people who know or suspect that they or a loved one suffers from a Sensory Processing Disorder.
The boy who punches a child who lightly bumped into him in line. A girl who constantly drops things. A child who hangs upside down every chance she gets. A kid who refuses to dress himself years after his peers have mastered that skill. These children probably frustrate parents and teachers, who might think they're difficult or disobedient. A more likely explanation -- certainly worth investigating -- is that they are displaying signs of a Sensory Processing Disorder. The Out-of-Sync Child is a must-read for anyone who cares for children with processing difficulties. Parents, teachers, medical staff, and therapists absolutely must understand the challenges people with SPD experience and strategies for helping them to adapt. So many times, children are thought to be bad or defiant when in fact they're unable to override their body's perception of threat or craving for input. The Out-of-Sync Child helps the reader recognize signs of a disorder and gives clear direction about adapting home and school environments to maximize success. Most importantly, it demonstrates why compassion and understanding -- not punishment or criticism-- are the only viable options for success.