The Out of Synch Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz is a book that explains what Sensory Integration Dysfunction is and how to deal with it. It is a very practical book full of good coping mechanisms that are easy to implement. Most of the activities can be done around your house with items you already have, so that is a definite plus.
When I think of sensory issues, I generally tend to think of autism and all of the sensory issues related to it. In truth, most children with special needs have some type of sensory issue, so I feel like this book would be helpful to a large population of people. I first read it when my son was younger, not too long after his diagnosis. I appreciated the down to earth tone and simple explanations. It was easy to understand for a mama who was already overwhelmed with a TON of information, and I sure appreciated that. Even now, I refer back to it from time to time for many different issues and am still grateful for the good advice it offers.
We also passed our copy of this book along to several family members that we spend a lot of time with. It helped answer their questions such as “Why does he cover his ears/eyes?” “What doesn’t he eat more than three different foods?” “Why is he doing___?” (insert any number of unusual sensory behaviors that a young child with autism might exhibit)
The book offered them insight and they seemed to enjoy reading it as much as I did. I am thankful that we had this book then, and we are still finding it useful to this day. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about sensory integration dysfunction and how to help regulate our children.
Melissa, mom to Korban, age 8, Autism Rockstar, diagnosed at age 3