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Kid Companions- Chewelry: Feb 10, 2011

February 10, 2011

Meet Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman Authors of Growing an In-Sync Child

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 On Feb 14th we have more than Valentine’s Day to be happy about. The Coffee Klatch tweetchat at 9am EST features Carol Kranowitz and Joye Newman authors of Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow. Join us to learn and share how early childhood motor development is the foundation for a child’s physical, emotional, and academic success. Discuss how even skipping, rolling, balancing and jumping can make a world of difference for our children.

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Countless special needs parents, educators, therapists, and of course kids have been touched by Kranowitz’s successful book The Out-of-Sync Child : Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder. This reader-friendly book that makes SPD understandable to parents and teachers was published in 1998, revised in 2005, translated into a dozen languages and has over 600,000 copies sold.

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The sequel, The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with SPD, was published in 2003 and revised in 2006. It has sold more than 200,000 copies. In her other books and DVDs and in national and international workshops, Carol explains to parents, educators, and other professionals how sensory issues play out and suggests enjoyable strategies for addressing them at home and school.

In Growing an In-Sync Child, the authors, both Bethesda, Maryland residents, show how simple movement in their “In-Sync Program” of 60 adaptable, easy and fun activities will enhance a child’s development, in just minutes a day. Kranowitz and Newman demonstrate that children at any age and stage, not just special needs kids, can benefit from time to explore, play, engage in lots of physical activity and do things for themselves and they will get the basic skills they will need.

“We have cut out the things that are important for development that everyone used to have: the play, the work, the chores," said Kranowitz, who taught music, movement and drama to preschoolers for 25 years. "We use this darn video to teach a kid how to count, and play dates where the children come together and they sit and play video games. Living in a 2D world doesn’t exercise the muscles and brain centers needed to learn to live in a 3D world.”

Meet Carol Kranowitz, MA

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Carol was a teacher at St. Columba’s Nursery School in Washington, DC for 25 years. In the 1980s, Carol and an occupational therapist began screening preschoolers for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a common developmental problem causing difficulty in interpreting and using sensory. They guided children with probable SPD into occupational therapy, the primary treatment for this disorder.

They steered other children with perceptual motor problems (and possible SPD) into purposeful physical activities, best found at organizations such as Joye Newman’s Kids Moving Company. Joye and Carol met and have been buddies ever since.

In 1995, Carol earned her master’s degree in Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. She created a course of study about her special interest in sensory processing and turned her thesis into her book, “The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder”

Carol is Editor-in-Chief of “S.I. Focusmagazine and a board member of SPD Foundation. Her website is

Meet Joye Newman, MA

Joye is a perceptual motor therapist. Perceptual Motor Therapy (PMT) helps children, and also adults, to develop and enhance basic movement and learning abilities. Integrating studies in behavioral optometry, occupational therapy, and psychology into her graduate work, she developed her unique method of PMT.

 Recently, Joye closed her Kids Moving Company studio to focus on in-school programs, individual evaluations, and consultations with parents to help them understand how they can help their children become more confident and competent in everything they do.

Joye lectures on school readiness, creative movement, and perceptual motor development, and she consults to area preschools, helping them develop and refine their movement programs. Her website is

Books mentioned in this post are available here:

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Parents, if you want to know what an in-sync child looks like, and if your child is a bit behind, how to help him/her catch up, click to The Coffee Klatch tweetchat Feb.14th at 9 am EST Chat Room:

Related Posts:
*The Goodenoughs Get in Sync ~New Edition~ 5 Family Members Overcome their Special Sensory Issues by Carole Kranowitz

*2010 Book of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine ~ Winner, Runners-Ups and Procedure

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Five Ideas for Successful Celebrations: Management Strategies Throughout the Year

1. Simplify. Keep change to a minimum – reduce decorations, limit visitors, keep travel to a minimum.

2. Themes Outside the Box. Pick party ideas that truly fit your child – night at the museum, movie night at home, or an environment you might rule out due to noise and chaos sometimes is a great success (think Chuck-E Cheese).

3. Countdown the days. Use visual aides to show the day until the big event. (Go to Decorate Together for some ideas.)

4. Photographic Memories. Take extra photos at holidays and birthdays with an eye toward using them the following year to remind your child of fun times and to prepare for changes. Photos can illustrate how the house looked when decorated for any holiday or how the room was rearranged for the Christmas tree.

5. Detailed Schedules. Create a special schedule, especially for the winter holidays. On a plain calendar use pictures and simple words to show the schedule for the season. Include when you’ll put up (and take down) the tree, outings, school events, concerts, church, cookie baking, making decorations, and plans for visitors or travel.

This article is taken with permission from, where readers can go online and, by signing in, can access free copies of the magazine’s eGuide, which is packed full of more information on holidays and gift giving for children on the spectrum.

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