Research Article
Issue Date: January 18, 2019
Published Online: January 18, 2019
Updated: August 03, 2019
Occupational Therapy Interventions for Children and Youth With Challenges in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing: A Clinic-Based Practice Case Example
Author Affiliations
  • L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor, Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; DiParham@salud.unm.edu
  • Gloria Frolek Clark, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, SCSS, FAOTA, is Owner, Gloria Frolek Clark LLC, Adel, IA.
  • 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.
  • Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, and Faculty of the Faber Institute for Neuroscience, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
Article Information
Sensory Integration and Processing / Evidence-Based Practice: Evidence Connection
Research Article   |   January 18, 2019
Occupational Therapy Interventions for Children and Youth With Challenges in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing: A Clinic-Based Practice Case Example
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2019, Vol. 73, 7301395010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.731002
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2019, Vol. 73, 7301395010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.731002
Abstract

Evidence Connection articles provide case examples of how practice decisions may be informed by findings of systematic reviews sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Project. This Evidence Connection article describes a case report of a child with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder who has difficulties in function and participation related to challenges in sensory integration. This article is the first in a two-part series, and it focuses on occupational therapy provided to the child by a clinic-based therapist in collaboration with the child’s school-based occupational therapist. Part 2 in this series will describe the same child’s intervention by the school-based therapist. Intervention decisions are informed by findings of systematic reviews of intervention effectiveness that were part of an AOTA EBP Project addressing occupational therapy interventions for children and youth with challenges in sensory integration and sensory processing.