Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2012

Comments

This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Autism

Volume 16, Issue 3, May 2012, Pages 321-327.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1177/1362361311435157. Copyright © Sage

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.

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