Children with Autism and Sensory Issues Benefit from Occupational Therapy

Children with Autism and Sensory Issues Benefit from Occupational Therapy

According to a study published online Nov. 10 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, children with sensory issues and autism spectrum disorder improved their ability to perform everyday tasks through sensory integration strategy based occupational therapy.

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia randomized children with autism (aged 4 to 8 years) to either a manualized intervention (30 sessions of the occupational therapy; 17 patients) or usual care (control group; 15 patients).

“The study shows high rigor in its measurement of treatment fidelity and use of a manualized protocol, and provides support for the use of this intervention for children with autism,” wrote Roseann C. Schaaf, Ph.D., O.T.R./L., and colleagues as they found that the children in the intervention group scored significantly higher (P = 0.003) on the primary outcome of Goal Attainment Scales. The intervention group scored significantly better on measures of caregiver assistance in self-care (P = 0.008) and socialization (P = 0.04), compared to the control group.

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