Research Article  |   December 2015
Application of Data-Driven Decision Making Using Ayres Sensory Integration® With a Child With Autism
Author Affiliations
  • Patricia Faller, OTD, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Toms River, NJ
  • Joanne Hunt, OTD, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ
  • Elke van Hooydonk, OTD, OTR/L, is Senior Occupational Therapist, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Toms River, NJ
  • Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Jefferson School of Health Professions, Philadelphia, PA
  • Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Jefferson School of Health Professions, and Faculty, Farber Institute of Neuroscience, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; roseann.schaaf@jefferson.edu
Article Information
Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Sensory Integration and Processing / Children and Youth
Research Article   |   December 2015
Application of Data-Driven Decision Making Using Ayres Sensory Integration® With a Child With Autism
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2015, Vol. 70, 7001220020p1-7001220020p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016881
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2015, Vol. 70, 7001220020p1-7001220020p9. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016881
Abstract

Health care and educational legislation and policy require that clinicians demonstrate, using measurement and report of outcomes, accountability for services rendered. Clinical algorithms have been developed and are used by various health care professionals to assist with hypothesis generation and systematic clinical reasoning; however, they do not explicitly guide measurement of outcomes as part of the reasoning process. Schaaf and colleagues developed the Data-Driven Decision Making (DDDM) process to address the greater need for outcome measurement, systematically support decision making, target intervention more precisely, and measure and document outcomes. This article describes the application of the DDDM process with a child with ASD who received occupational therapy using Ayres Sensory Integration®.