Carol Kranowitz, M.A.
With her go to book, The Out-of-Sync Child, written 12 years ago, Carol Kranowitz became the first name that came after hearing “SPD”, Sensory Processing Disorder. In some cases, Carol’s book was what promtped a parent to enter a therapist’s office. Now after a decade of writing, teaching and advocating she is still inspiring rooms full of parents and professionals.
She has spunk; that is how she does it. Carol offeres her wisdom at speaking engagements like the one presented in Denver by Future Horizons’ Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome Super Conference. Even if you have not read any of her books (and I suggest that you do!) you will walk away with full mind and body knowledge of what she is trying to tell the world- kids need to move!
The background Carol gives on Sensory Processing Disorders is to the point and she can sum up all the “hallmarks” of SPD in a short amount of time. What she does with the rest of the time gets the audience out of their seats and into her groove. She teaches with movement and touches everyone with her enthusiasm.
Since Carol’s background is in music and preschool, this means she is an expert on getting kids into action. She is a big advocate for incorporating music, dance and movement into everyday school life. All children benefit from some movement; it helps increase circulation, reduces stress and makes kids happy.
When attending a speaking engagement of Carol’s you will see video, listen to music, feel paper plates, test your balance and connect with her message better than just using your sense of hearing. As she spoke, she gave examples of her experiences and why a child behaves in a particular way. The disorder of sensory processing is easy to spot when you know what you are looking for. The way to decrease kids’ needs for seeking sensory sustainability is through movement. A child will move when he needs to move, Carol’s way to teaching is to give plenty of opportunities for movement. The greatest part of her method is that it incorporates the whole class, simple quick sessions between activities that give each student a chance to wiggle a little.
Each time Carol turned on a little music, the audience was up participating. It is easy to learn a few SI (sensory integration) skills if you’ve actually done them! The instructions are basically to follow along. After each mini session of SI the endorphins released helped each participant remember exactly how to perform it and how they felt doing it. The excitement that one gives off is contagious, so each classroom that gets one of Carol’s SI sessions will be a happy classroom.
Carol is the Author contributor to dozens of books. Her books can be purchased here, or attend one of her speaking engagments to participate in her message of inspiration.
Interview/podcast with Carol, coming soon!