The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.


Bethesda, Maryland
United States
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Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. - As a teacher for 25 years, Carol observed many young children with Sensory Processing Disorder. To help these “out-of-sync” preschoolers become more competent in their work and play, she studied sensory processing theory, learned about some differences between SPD and ADHD, and steered the students into appropriate early intervention. In her writings and workshops in the United States and abroad, she explains to parents, educators, and other early childhood professionals how sensory issues play out – and provides fun and functional sensory strategies for home and school. Her two most popular books, The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, together have sold one million copies and have been translated into 11 languages. Carol is in the process of writing The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up (Perigee Books, 2016).

In addition to writing books, Carol also gives presentations worldwide on sensory processing issues and how parents and teachers can support children with SPD. For information about her presentations, go to

An estimated 40 to 60 percent of children with ADHD also have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). To help parents and teachers understand SPD, The Out-of-Sync Child describes this neurological disorder in a reader-friendly way. SPD is a common but frequently misdiagnosed difficulty in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The revised edition features information from recent research on vision and hearing deficits, motor skill problems, nutrition and picky eaters, ADHD, autism, and other related disorders.

A companion book, The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, presents more than one hundred playful activities designed for kids with SPD, ADHD and autism, as well as for their typically-developing siblings and friends. Each activity in this inspiring and practical book is SAFE—Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun and Easy—to help develop and organize a child’s brain and body. Whether your child faces challenges with touch, balance, movement, body position, vision, hearing, smell and taste, motor planning, or other sensory problems, this book presents lively and engaging ways to bring fun and play to everyday situations.

Another book, co-authored with perceptual-motor therapist Joye Newman, is Growing an In-Sync Child. This provides parents, teachers, and other professionals with the tools to give every child a head start and a leg up.

Carol's “Sync” series includes a children’s book, The Goodenoughs Get In Sync; a screening tool for teachers, Preschool Sensory Scan for Educators; and a set of In-Sync Activity Cards. Visit to see the whole kit and caboodle.