Book and Media Reviews

The Out of Sync Child

Carol Kranowitz is the author of several books one being , The Out of Sync Child For Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, writes on the dedication page, "For every child who wants to have fun". Although only a phrase, this describes what can be found in the book and for the adults who work with children as parents or children as clients, it is all about fun. Learning of course takes place through these activities that the author presents and this book could be considered a companion book to The Out of Sync Child. Before describing activities the author shares information about sensory integration and answers the question, "What is Dysfunction in Sensory Integration (DSI)?" In answering this question, Ms. Kranowitz writes that "sensory integration (SI) is the normal neurological process of organizing sensations for our use in everyday life," as we survive, learn and function. Most people think of the 5 senses when thinking of sensory processing, however the author describes other vital senses that we use constantly that are the tactile sense, the vetibular sense and the proprioceptive sense. These senses involve touch (through the skin) balance and movement (through our inner ear) and information about where are body parts are and what the parts are doing which we receive from our joints, muscles and ligaments. The reader will may be amazed to know that SI is important for academic skills, attention, balance, eye-hand coordination, gravitational security, emotional security, muscle tone, hand preference, speech and language skills, and visual perception just to name a few areas. What happens when these messages are not processed efficiently by the brain? When that happens it is called Sensory Integration Dysfunction or Dysfunction in sensory integration (DSI). To help the child with DSI function correctly sensory integration therapy helps. The author devotes the rest of her book to providing safe activities for the sensory systems. She explains in detail numerous activities for touch, the tactile system, balance and movement, the vestibular system, body position, the proprioceptive system, seeing, the visual system, hearing, the auditory system, as well as the systems for smelling and tasting. These safe activities for sensory related skills such as oral-motor, motor planning, fine motor skills, and bilateral coordination and crossing the mid line will help parents, teachers and therapists help make a difference for these children. In the appendix there is a glossary, list of needed materials for the activities, suggested resources, where to find the recommended materials and an invitation to readers to send in activities that have worked for them and the children they serve. The "Activity Cross Reference Chart lists all the activities in the book, tells what sensory systems are involved and related sensory skills. References are included for what group the activity would be fun, such as younger or older children, non ambulatory groups and if the activity is suggested for outdoors. Throughout the book there are quotes from parents and occupational therapists as well as giving the reader information about specific children and what worked for those specific children. She acknowledges those children as contributors to her book as well as parents that provided insight. This book is very practical and the activities and ideas could be used by care givers, teachers, occupational therapists as well as parents.

Marilyn Cook, MS, MRT, ET/P

Children's books with characters who have dyslexia and/or ADHD

These books have characters that have dyslexia or are about dyslexia:

Worst Enemies/Best Friends (Beacon Street Girls #1)
How Dyslexic Benny Became A Star: A story of hope for dyslexic children and their parents
The Gift-Giver (163rd Street Trilogy)
How Many Days Until Tomorrow?
TThe Alphabet War: A Story about Dyslexia
My Friend Has Dyslexia (Friends with Disabilities)
Let's Talk about Dyslexia (Let's Talk Library)
Taking Dyslexia to School Lauren E. Moynihan
It's Called Dyslexia (Live and Learn Series)
Lily and the Mixed –Up Letters Deborah Hodge
Thank You, Mr. Falker

These books have characters or are about ADHD:

Sparky's Excellent Misadventures: My Add Journal, by Me, Sparky
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle

This book and those in the series have a character that has dyslexia and ADHD:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

This book is about learning and LD:

Many Ways to Learn: A Kid's Guide to LD

Marilyn Cook, M.S., MRT, ET/P