The long-awaited follow-up to the million-copy bestseller The Out-of-Sync Child, presenting information and advice for tweens, teens, and young adults living with Sensory Processing Disorder, and their parents. The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up will be the new bible for the vast audience of parents whose children, already diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, are entering the adolescent, tween, and teen years, as well as those who do not yet have a diagnosis and are struggling to meet the challenges of daily life. This book picks up where The Out-of-Sync Child left off, offering practical advice on living with SPD, covering everyday challenges as well as the social and emotional issues that many young people with SPD face.
Topics include strategies for coping with the sensory aspects of grooming, social lives and dating, playing sports and music, and other issues, as well as how to find support and help from loved ones, occupational therapy, and other resources. Carol Kranowitz's insights are supplemented by first-person accounts of adolescents and teens with SPD, sharing their experiences and hard-won lessons with readers and adding a powerful personal dimension to the book.
The book has useful components, but overall, I didn't find it very useful personally as an adult who likely had sensory processing issues as a child/youth.
It was nice to read about people who have/had issues that I did growing up. That said, the writing was often clunky.
The thing I found most unhelpful was its absolute heteronormative perspective. I think it's worth thinking about the intersection of gender diversity and SPD, because not wanting to wear the clothes of a gender that a person doesn't want to identify as could look very much like SPD or influence the condition in nuanced ways.
Anyway, the book is not inclusive in this way. It's written more for upper middle-class, straight, white people who go to church every Sunday. That's a shrinking demographic. And probably not the only one where people deal with SPD.
While I really appreciated The Out-of-Sync Child, this version for teens and young adults with sensory processing disorder missed the mark. It isn't that it lacks valuable information or good content. The problem rests in that Kranowitz tried to write it for the parents of SPD children, the children themselves, and people who know nothing of SPD. I'm a parent of a child with SPD and there was nothing new for me in it. If my child read it, she might gain some insight. But most of the content and the personal stories would bore her. Therefore, this book would have been better as three different versions: The OOSC Guide for Parents of Teens and Young Adults, The OOSC Guide for Teens and Young Adults, and What is SPD in Teens in Young Adults.
This book covers a lot of ground that needed to be covered. There is increasing awareness that kids with sensory problems need a lot of help transitioning successfully into adulthood, and this help is often hard to come by. This book balances first person accounts of adults who have made the transition into adulthood with tips to help you or your loved one make a successful transition. It's a great resource for parents, teachers, therapists, and teens/adults with sensory challenges alike.
Unlike most books about special needs, this one focuses on teenagers and young adults, who have lived with SPD for years. There is less of a focus on diagnosis, IEP plans etc. It's unique in that it does allow the kids and adults with SPD to speak for themselves, talk about their lives and what's worked to help them cope. It's advice seems good, although most of it falls into the "can't hurt, might help" category, rather than being backed up by rigorous science.
This is a great followup book from her previous two books that I read years ago. It addresses sensory processing as children grow up including how it impacts personal hygiene, high school classes, and dating.
This had lots of encouragement, but only a few actionable pieces of advice. It was nice to have a book not geared toward parents of young children, though! The loved ones I want to understand better are no longer little.