Beth Pfeiffer, Teresa A. May-Benson, Stefanie C. Bodison; State of the Science of Sensory Integration Research With Children and Youth. Am J Occup Ther 2017;72(1):7201170010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.721003
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Many children and youth with and without disabilities are affected by challenges in processing and integrating sensations. Occupational therapy practitioners serve a pivotal role in the evaluation and treatment of this population. This special section of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy includes articles that elucidate the relationship between sensory processing and participation in valued occupations as well as articles that guide best practice, including systematic reviews on common occupational therapy interventions for children and youth with challenges in processing and integrating sensation. This editorial elaborates on key issues for future research.
Valid and reliable assessment tools to characterize populations who have challenges processing and integrating sensations and who would benefit from occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach
Meaningful and sensitive outcome measures that address both proximal and distal areas of concern
Measures that ensure adherence to the intervention principles of the intervention provided.
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