Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Sensory Processing

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on the sensory processing of children (3-10 years old) who experienced a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sensory Profiles were completed on a random sample of 20 children with TBI. The results showed "behaviors outside the typical range in all sections of the Sensory Profile except oral sensory processing". The researchers conclude that children who sustain a TBI should undergo a sensory processing evaluation.

One question I have - What was the Sensory Profile scores of these children prior to the TBI? Did the TBI cause the "behaviors outside the typical range" or were those behaviors there to begin with? What is your thoughts?

Reference: Jane Galvin-MOT, Elspeth H. BAppSc-BAppSc (OT), Christine Imms-PhD Sensory Processing Abilities of Children Who Have Sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries AJOT November/December 2009 Volume 63 / Number 6

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