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Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2012;8:475-81. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S37146. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

Effectiveness of sensory processing strategies on activity level in inclusive preschool classrooms.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan ; School of Chinese Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.



The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of sensory processing strategies in improving the activity level of children with sensory integration dysfunction.


The study used a matching-only pretest-posttest control group design, which requires random matching of sensory integration dysfunction to the corresponding intervention group (n = 18) and control group (n = 18). The intervention group comprised 3-6-year-old children who received an 8-week school-day intervention during implementation of the theme curriculum.


The 8-week treatment significantly reduced the activity level and foot-swinging episodes in children with sensory integration dysfunction, and obtained a medium-effect size. However, the level of improvement in the control group did not show any statistically significant change.


Sensory processing strategies could improve activity levels in children with sensory integration dysfunction. However, this study was unable to exclude a developmental effect. The social validity results show that sensory processing strategies can be integrated into the theme curriculum and improve activity levels in children.


activity level; preschool inclusive classroom; sensory integration dysfunction; sensory processing strategy

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