Perceptions of parents on sensory integration therapy and children with autism
The prevalence of children with autism is increasing each year and so should services that can be rendered. One type of therapy that is utilized by a large portion of children with autism is Sensory Integration Therapy. Sensory integration is an essential part of normal functioning. Our nervous system takes in, filters, organizes, and makes use of motor and sensory information. This is the neurological process of sensory integration (Sensory Integration International, 1986). Sensory Integration Therapy takes that premise and provides sensory stimulating activities that will enhance the child's performance in certain areas of life. Its use on children with autism has grown tremendously in the last several years. The support for Sensory Integration Therapy has primarily been in the form of testimonials. Though empirical evidence supporting the use of Sensory Integration is lacking, it continues to be used by many parents. In an effort to better understand parents, this study investigated their perceptions of Sensory Integration Therapy and its negative and positive impact on their child with autism.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Education
Dissertations, Academic -- Education;Education -- Dissertations, Academic;Autism in children -- Treatment;Autistic children -- Behavior modification
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Haynes, Callie L., "Perceptions of parents on sensory integration therapy and children with autism" (2004). HIM 1990-2015. 432.