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Research Article  |   May 2001
Parent Perspectives of Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integration Approach
Author Affiliations
  • Ellen S. Cohn, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215; ecohn@bu.edu
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Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Sensory Integration and Processing / Children
Research Article   |   May 2001
Parent Perspectives of Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integration Approach
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2001, Vol. 55, 285-294. doi:10.5014/ajot.55.3.285
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2001, Vol. 55, 285-294. doi:10.5014/ajot.55.3.285
Abstract

This qualitative study explored parents’ points of view regarding their children’s participation in occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach. Data were collected through parent interviews and were analyzed using grounded theory methods. The parents’ perceptions of the benefits of therapy for their children were categorized into three interrelated constructs: abilities, activities, and reconstruction of self-worth. For themselves, parents valued understanding their children’s behavior in new ways, which facilitated a shift in expectations for themselves and their children, having their parenting experience validated, and being able to support and advocate for their children. Implications for family-centered intervention and future research are proposed.