There are moments where your life as a writer and your life as a human being converge. Not that I'm saying writers aren't human. Well, maybe I am. We alien people who spend our lives doing mountains of emotionally vilifying work for very little money maybe are a species unto ourselves. But I digress.
A few years back in my human life, I was wrestling with some major issues, mainly my Pippy's autism diagnosis. And in the abyss that was learning what we were dealing with I was given a guiding light in the form of the book THE OUT OF SYNC CHILD by Carol Kranowitz.
I devoured this book and found comfort knowing the Pipster wasn't alone. And like any good nerd/writer/alien, I fan girled the heck out of Ms. Kranowitz. I wrote her an email thanking her for making the bumpy road we have to navigate a little smoother.
When I geekily wrote to the writer who'd helped me so much I never dreamed we would become friends. And I certainly never dreamed we'd be working together on a project.
I am so pleased to share my experiences in this book and to work with Carol. She is a wonderful guide in the sensory world and and even better friend.
The book drops May 24. Take a look!
For most of us, sensory processing occurs automatically and effortlessly every second, all day, without a thought: we climb stairs, chew our food, hug our friends, smell our morning coffee, hear various ringtones and alerts. Our brain receives messages from our central nervous system and quickly reacts to this sensory input by telling the body whether and how to respond with motor or behavioral output. For those with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder, also called Sensory Integration Dysfunction), their central nervous system mismanages bodily and environmental sensations, making it difficult to respond in an adaptive way to these sensations. Compounding the issue, SPD can sometimes look like other known conditions such as eating disorders, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, resulting in frequent misdiagnosis and treatment that does not address the underlying sensory issues.
In this new May 24 release THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD GROWS UP, Carol Stock Kranowitz explores what life with SPD is like from early adolescence (ages 9-12) through mid-adolescence (ages 13-18) and into late adolescence and young adulthood (ages 19-25). Puberty – growth spurts, hormonal changes, etc. – is already a challenging period for most of us, and it’s made all the more difficult for those with SPD. What types of emotional issues and negative feelings might impede adolescent development? How do they cope with daily activities and responsibilities like shampooing hair, brushing teeth, or putting on socks? How can they learn how to drive? Will they make friends? Will they ever date? Will it ever get better? Kranowitz tackles these daily challenges with personal accounts and strategies that have proven effective for many others who have lived and thrived with Sensory Processing Disorder.