Zoe Mailloux, Shelley Mulligan, Susanne Smith Roley, Erna Blanche, Sharon Cermak, Gina Geppert Coleman, Stefanie Bodison, Christianne Joy Lane; Verification and Clarification of Patterns of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction. Am J Occup Ther 2011;65(2):143–151. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2011.000752
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Building on established relationships between the constructs of sensory integration in typical and special needs populations, in this retrospective study we examined patterns of sensory integrative dysfunction in 273 children ages 4–9 who had received occupational therapy evaluations in two private practice settings. Test results on the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, portions of the Sensory Processing Measure representing tactile overresponsiveness, and parent report of attention and activity level were included in the analyses. Exploratory factor analysis identified patterns similar to those found in early studies by Ayres (1965, 1966a, 1966b, 1969, 1972b, 1977, & 1989), namely Visuodyspraxia and Somatodyspraxia, Vestibular and Proprioceptive Bilateral Integration and Sequencing, Tactile and Visual Discrimination, and Tactile Defensiveness and Attention. Findings reinforce associations between constructs of sensory integration and assist with understanding sensory integration disorders that may affect childhood occupation. Limitations include the potential for subjective interpretation in factor analysis and inability to adjust measures available in charts in a retrospective research.
Tactile and motor planning deficits, termed somatodyspraxia in the later studies (Ayres, 1965, 1966a, 1966b, 1969, 1971, 1972b, 1977, 1989);
Visual perception and visual praxis deficits, termed visuodyspraxia in the later studies (Ayres, 1963, 1965, 1966a, 1966b, 1969, 1972b, 1977, 1989);
Vestibular, postural, bilateral integration, and sequencing deficits, given various names as knowledge of these functions evolved and new measures were added (Ayres, 1965, 1966b, 1969, 1971, 1972b, 1977, 1989); and
Tactile defensiveness with hyperactivity and distractibility, also known as sensory overresponsiveness (Ayres, 1964, 1965, 1966b, 1969, 1972b).
Visual perception and visual praxis would be associated, reflecting a pattern of visuopraxis.
Tactile perception and praxis would be associated, reflecting a pattern of somatopraxis.
Vestibular functions and bilateral motor coordination and sequencing would be associated, reflecting a pattern of vestibular bilateral integration and sequencing.
Tactile perception tests would be associated with each other or with other sensory perception tests.
Sensory overresponsiveness and attention would be associated.
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