Occupational therapy and sensory integration for children with autism: A feasibility, safety, acceptability and fidelity study

Roseann C. Schaaf, Teal W. Benevides, Donna Kelly, Zoe Mailloux-Maggio

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Objective: To examine the feasibility, safety, and acceptability of a manualized protocol of occupational therapy using sensory integration principles for children with autism.Methods: Ten children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder ages 4-8 years received intensive occupational therapy intervention using sensory integration principles following a manualized protocol. Measures of feasibility, acceptability and safety were collected from parents and interveners, and fidelity was measured using a valid and reliable fidelity instrument.Results: The intervention is safe and feasible to implement, acceptable to parents and therapist, and therapists were able to implement protocol with adequate fidelity. These data provide support for implementation of a randomized control trial of this intervention and identify specific procedural enhancements to improve study implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-327
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • autism
  • occupational therapy
  • sensory integration
  • spectrum disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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