Research Article  |   December 2017
Parental or Teacher Education and Coaching to Support Function and Participation of Children and Youth With Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration Challenges: A Systematic Review
Author Affiliations
  • Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
  • Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Washington, Seattle; rwatling@pugetsound.edu
Article Information
Special Section: Evidence Review
Research Article   |   December 2017
Parental or Teacher Education and Coaching to Support Function and Participation of Children and Youth With Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration Challenges: A Systematic Review
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2017, Vol. 72, 7201190030p1-7201190030p11. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.029017
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2017, Vol. 72, 7201190030p1-7201190030p11. doi:10.5014/ajot.2018.029017
Abstract

This systematic review examines the literature published from January 2007 through May 2015 related to the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions using parental or teacher education and coaching with children with challenges in sensory processing and sensory integration (SP–SI). Of more than 11,000 abstracts and 86 articles that were considered, only 4 met the criteria and were included in this review. Studies of parental training and coaching for children with challenges in SP–SI and comorbid autism spectrum disorder have suggested that educational or coaching programs could result in positive outcomes for both parents and children, often in a relatively short time period. Recommendations include a greater focus on providing educational interventions for parents and teachers and including specific assessment of SP–SI before implementing interventions meant to address those issues. Specific recommendations for future research are provided.