Occupational therapy using sensory integration to improve participation of a child with autism: A case report

Roseann C. Schaaf, Joanne Hunt, Teal Benevides

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In this case report, we describe the changes in adaptive behaviors and participation of 1 child with autism during a 10-wk program of intensive occupational therapy using a sensory integrative approach (OT-SI) following a manualized protocol. This case is part of a larger study examining the efficacy of the OT-SI approach. We found improvement in sensory processing, as measured by the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, as well as enhanced participation in home, school, and family activities, as indicated on parent-rated goal attainment scales.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-555
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Activities of daily living
  • Adaptation psychological
  • Autistic disorder
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sensation disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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