If your child has any kind of sensory issues, this book has to be part of your library. Back in 2004 this was the first book I read to help my son. He had sensory seeking behaviors that created all sorts of havoc for him and those around him. This book helped me understand why he had those behaviors and things I could do to help reduce them. It is like a menu of sensory problems with all the details on the why and how to employ strategies.
The book has questionnaires and case studies to help you determine where your child’s sensory issues lie. It is easy to read and makes this complex subject much more understandable. Unfortunately there is nothing in the book that will convince school personnel that sensory processing is a real disorder. The book is also focused on helping younger children, so if you are just looking into this for older children, it may be a bit more difficult to fetter out exactly where the problem lies.
One really interesting part of reading this book was the discovery of my own sensory issues. While mine do not overwhelm my daily life, as a young child they did impair my behavior in a way my parents never understood. Finally having a label and understanding of it, I was able to share with my parents so we all realized I was not acting out, I was just sensory avoidant.
I have recommended The Out-of-Sync Child to hundreds of parents, and every single one has come back to me with messages of thanks. It really helps the parent find solutions for extremely challenging sensory behaviors.