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Autism. 2012 May;16(3):321-7. doi: 10.1177/1362361311435157. Epub 2012 Feb 8.

Occupational therapy and sensory integration for children with autism: a feasibility, safety, acceptability and fidelity study.

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Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA. roseann.schaaf@jefferson.edu

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.

PMID:
22318118
DOI:
10.1177/1362361311435157
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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