Roseann C. Schaaf, Sarah A. Schoen, Teresa A. May-Benson, L. Diane Parham, Shelly J. Lane, Susanne Smith Roley, Zoe Mailloux; State of the Science: A Roadmap for Research in Sensory Integration. Am J Occup Ther 2015;69(6):6906360010p1-6906360010p7. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.019539.
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This article builds on the work of Case-Smith and colleagues and proposes a roadmap to guide future research in occupational therapy. To foster best practice in the application of principles and practices of sensory integration (SI), the pillars of practice, advocacy, and education are identified as elements that provide the foundation for research. Each pillar ensures that SI research is conducted in a rigorous and relevant manner. To this end, achievements to date are discussed, with proposed goals presented for each pillar. Finally, the roadmap builds on the pillars and outlines implications for occupational therapy with the overarching theme that a wide array of scientists, educators, therapists, and service recipients will be needed to ensure that those who may benefit most have access to intervention that is evidence based, theory driven, and provided within the highest standards of service delivery.
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