Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Occupational Therapy Improved Everyday Tasks in Children with Autism

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research on the effects of occupational therapy with a sensory integration approach or behavioral therapy on the ability to complete everyday tasks in children with autism.  In a randomized study, 32 children (ages 4-8), were assigned to an OT-SI group (occupational therapy sensory integration group) or a standard care group (behavioral therapy).  The OT-SI group received intervention for 3 hours per week for 10 weeks.  Following the interventions, investigators were blinded and assessed the children.

The results indicated the following:
  • children in the OT-SI group scored significantly higher on Goal Attainments Scales then the standard care group
  • children in the OT-SI group scored signficantly higher on measures of caregiver assistance in self care and socialization than the standard care group.
Roseann C. Schaaf, Teal Benevides, Zoe Mailloux, Patricia Faller, Joanne Hunt, Elke Hooydonk, Regina Freeman, Benjamin Leiby, Jocelyn Sendecki, Donna Kelly. An Intervention for Sensory Difficulties in Children with Autism: A Randomized Trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2013; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1983-8

Thomas Jefferson University (2013, November 25). Making sense of sensation in autism. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 26, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2013/11/131125101011.htm

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