The Out-of-Sync Child
Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
New Preface by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR
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I am so heartened by the fact that this book was written and has become a go-to resource for parents and caregivers. Waldorf education, primarily through Extra Lesson remedial work, has long been aware of and addressed what it calls "sensory integration problems." That sensory integration is now recognized as a very real problem that many children face is such very good news for those children. The depth of understand and research, as well as the highly practical, helpful suggestions offered throughout The Out-of-Sync Child are not just in harmony with the Waldorf approach, they actually help to articulate and deepen it.
The Out-of-Sync Child is a handbook which offers wonderful descriptions of different aspects and presentations of Sensory Processing Disorder. Each descriptive chapter is followed by an observational checklist which can help anyone, parent, teacher, or caregiver, determine if a child may have SPD. Just to read through the book is to understand SPD much more deeply, and to become able to imagine the world seen from the eyes of a child who is coping with it.
The second part of the The Out-of-Sync Child is devoted to practical ways to help such a child and ways to cope as a family. The suggestions include exercises and games that every Extra Lesson teacher will recognize immediately. I think that every parent will feel seen and understood by the parenting suggestions, also.
This is a wonderful, helpful book.
Very highly recommended.
Growing an In-Sync Child
Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow
Carol Kranowitz, M.A. and Joye Newman, M.A.
Foreword by Jane M Healy, Ph.D.
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Here is a bright and cheerful compendium of genuinely fun activities and games to play with children. The key difference between Growing an In-Sync Child and other collections of children's games is that each and every activity is designed to integrate the sensory perceptions of the child playing it. In many ways, Growing an In-Sync Child is similar to The Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manuals 1 and 2, but focuses more on things adults and children can do together.
Growing an In-Sync Child can be used to help children with sensory integration issues, but it can also be used happily and successfully to help any child happily develop a balanced body and mind. This is really a brilliant collection of activities, very similar to both Extra Lesson exercises and Brain Gym. I can't think of a better book to keep handy if you have or work with children.
Very highly recommended!
Movement exercises for parents, teachers and therapists of children with difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling
Mary Nash-Wortham and Jean Hunt
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To my mind no therapist or remedial teacher should be without this edition by their side.
( Dr. Béve Hornsby PhD, MSc, MEd, MSCT
Consultant Speech Therapist and Clinical Psychologist
From the Foreword )
Take Time has been used in Waldorf schools by Extra Lesson teachers for years and is regarded with love and gratitude by everyone who has benefited from this wonderful marriage of curative eurythmy and speech therapy. It is recommended for by all the major advisory and learning support organizations in the UK and many more in other English-speaking countries. Because it is highly readable, it has also become one of the most popular resources for parents.
The authors of Take Time tackle some of the root causes behind difficulties in speaking, reading, writing and spelling, especially where there is a lack of co-ordination, rhythm and timing.
The innovative movement exercises, based on curative eurythmy, and the other activities described in Take Time can be tailored specifically to individual situations. This feature has resulted in the enormous popularity of the book, especially for use by parents. It is recommended by all centres concerned with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other difficulties.
Take Time features:
- 'Pointers' to clarify areas of difficulty, including timing and rhythm, direction, spatial orientation and movement, sequencing, laterality and fine motor control needed for clear speech and successful writing and reading.
- general exercises for co-ordination and body awareness.
- specific exercises to help with particular areas of difficulty and individual situations.
- details of useful resource equipment, books and contact addresses.
Phonic Rhyme Time
A unique collection of phonic rhymes for precise practice in speaking and reading
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An outstanding resource for class and remedial education teachers, speech therapists, homeschooling parents and ESL teachers!
Here we have hundreds of rhymes, each of which concentrates on one specific sound. When repeated as an exercise, they train the mouth to form the sound correctly. Or, use them as a creative way to expand vocabulary or to learn to correctly spell words that sound similarly.
The first part of the book describes how speech sounds are produced and illustrates consonant and vowel positions. The wide range of rhymes and verses means it is suitable for both children and adults, including those learning English as a foreign language.
Mary Nash-Wortham has extensive as a Speech and Language Therapist. She is co-author along with eurythmist Jean Hunt of Take Time, widely used in remedial and extra lesson settings for children with learning difficulties.
Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual
Waldorf Resource Teacher Training Program
Association for a Healing Education
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What an amazing resource this little book is! It holds the instructions for 33 developmental exercises and their variations, discusses what the purpose of each exercise is, how often to do it, what sorts of observations are helpful and includes a space for your notes.
Additionally there is a beautiful and highly useful introduction by Mary Jo Orestito offering insight into the nature, origins and goals of the exercises and a section on "Teacher Tips for Many Ages and Various Situations."
The potential of this simple tool nearly takes my breath away -- with it, teachers and parents will have at hand the means to help their students and children move into the world more firmly, develop their capacities more fully. The Association for a Healing Education is to be commended for bringing this exceptional resource into print.
- Dedication to Ruth Nilsson
- Introduction by Mary Jo Oresti
- Teacher Tips for Many Situations
- Blind Man's Bluff Forms
- Run, Hop Numbers
- Animals Out West
- Clogging Numbers with the Feet
- Form Drawing Homework
- Group Letters in Space
- Memory and Concentration
- Multiplicaiton Table Forms in Movement
- Blind Walk
- Nature Creep
- 20 Creeping Games
- much, much more
Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual II
Association for a Healing Education
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The gift continues! I have characterized the original manual as the single most valuable book we sell -- it is simple to follow, genuinely healing, and even in the hands of untrained non-specialists, really cannot be misapplied. The choices for creative, fun and healing exercises that characterize the first developmental exercise manual have just increased 100%!
- Introduction by Mary Jo Oresti
- Exercises for the Whole Class
- Individual Practice in the Classroom
- Memory Star Exercise
- Incoming First Grade Exercises
- Foot Clapping
- Red Shoes, Blue Shoes
- Adzuki Bean Bags and "Polar Bears"
- Sound Train: Experiencing Phonemes
- Writing with the Feet
- Body Geography Through the Grades
- Two Variations on Exercises for Reading and Writing
- Exercises for Individual Sessions
- Marble Relay
- First Aid for a Bad Day
- Magic Scarves; Laughing Scarves
- Water Works
- Gross Motor Lower Sense Journey/Obstacle Course
- Balance Beam Grammar
- Balance Beam Phonics
- Making a Movie
- Treasure Hunt
- The Butterfly Dance: Moving Spirals with Red and Blue
- Mix a Pancake
- Over and Under the Bridge
- Through the Tunnel
- Bean Bag Catapult
- The Stations Approach
- Glossary of Movement, Growth and Consciousness Resources
Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures
Movement Enrichment with a Therapeutic Approach for Early Childhood
Nancy Blanning and Laurie Clark
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What a joy! Here is an entire book filled not just with charming circle games and songs for the kindergarten, but with charming games and songs that have been created to help our young children find their way into their bodies and souls. In more prosaic language, these games and movement songs address the spatial integration and sensory processing development issues that it seems more and more children are struggling with.
However you think about it, this is a book of genius and a gift to young children. The games are delightful - teachers and parents will have as much fun as the children. And, they are brilliantly thought out to include movement forms that will bring the children into the world with strength and balance.
This is a truly essential resource of the caliber of AHE's Resource Teacher's Developmental Exercise Manual. Use it. Love it.
The Extra Lesson
Movement, Drawing and Painting Exercises to Help Children with Difficulties in Writing, Reading and Arithmetic
Audrey E. McAllen
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Audrey McAllen's treasured resource has been revised and expanded -- the result is a work of depth and insight which is even more practical and valuable than before.
This edition of The Extra Lesson gives careful and thorough instructions for the remedial drawing, painting, and movement exercises developed by McAllen. The difficulties students experience when struggling to learn writing, reading, and arithmetic are addressed with specific activities -- the results? Students in both elementary and high school discover new relationships to themselves and the world, and find their path beyond the obstacles they face.
This latest edition of The Extra Lesson gives many more insights into the difficulties children are experiencing now. In it you are shown how to check for these disruptions, and how to remediate them, in far greater detail than before. The book has now increased in breadth and shows the depths from which this work has come. It is clear to me, having communicated with Audrey over the years, that no one else has come close to developing a program so universal in its application and yet holding such deep spiritual truths and insights.
Institute for Learning Difficulties