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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Abstract

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
JournalAutism
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2012

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Keywords

  • autism
  • occupational therapy
  • sensory integration
  • spectrum disorder

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Occupational therapy and sensory integration for children with autism : A feasibility, safety, acceptability and fidelity study. / Schaaf, Roseann C.; Benevides, Teal W.; Kelly, Donna; Mailloux-Maggio, Zoe.

In: Autism, Vol. 16, No. 3, 01.05.2012, p. 321-327.

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Schaaf, Roseann C. ; Benevides, Teal W. ; Kelly, Donna ; Mailloux-Maggio, Zoe. / Occupational therapy and sensory integration for children with autism : A feasibility, safety, acceptability and fidelity study. In: Autism. 2012 ; Vol. 16, No. 3. pp. 321-327.
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