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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the author’s final published version in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 61, Issue 2, March/April 2007, Pages 239-246.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.5014/ajot.61.2.239. Copyright © American Occupational Therapy Association


OBJECTIVE: This article presents a case report of a child with poor sensory processing and describes the disorders impact on the child's occupational behavior and the changes in occupational performance during 10 months of occupational therapy using a sensory integrative approach (OT-SI).

METHOD: Retrospective chart review of assessment data and analysis of parent interview data are reviewed. Progress toward goals and objectives is measured using goal attainment scaling. Themes from parent interview regarding past and present occupational challenges are presented.

RESULTS: Notable improvements in occupational performance are noted on goal attainment scales, and these are consistent with improvements in behavior. Parent interview data indicate noteworthy progress in the child's ability to participate in home, school, and family activities.

CONCLUSION: This case report demonstrates a model for OT-SI. The findings support the theoretical underpinnings of sensory integration theory: that improvement in the ability to process and integrate sensory input will influence adaptive behavior and occupational performance. Although these findings cannot be generalized, they provide preliminary evidence supporting the theory and the effectiveness of this approach.

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