IMPORTANCE: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience feeding challenges related to difficulties with sensory integration.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the content, acceptability, and usefulness of MealSense©, an online parent education program for children with ASD who have feeding challenges related to poor sensory integration.
DESIGN: A descriptive study in which experts reviewed and rated MealSense content for consistency with Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) principles and evidence-based practices in feeding.
PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample of expert reviewers (n = 5) and parents of children with ASD and feeding challenges (n = 5).
RESULTS: Expert ratings (n = 5) met criteria showing that MealSense is consistent with ASI and evidence-based practices in feeding. Parent ratings (n = 5) met criteria showing that MealSense is acceptable and useful.
CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: MealSense is acceptable and useful to parents of children with ASD and is consistent with ASI and evidence-based practices in feeding. What This Article Adds: This study provides preliminary support for MealSense as an evidence-based tool to supplement direct intervention for children with ASD and feeding difficulties. Further research is needed to determine its efficacy in improving the transfer of feeding skills into the home environment.
Trewin, Audrey; Mailloux, Zoe; and Schaaf, Roseann C, "Evaluation of MealSense©: A Sensory Integration-Based Feeding Support Program for Parents." (2022). Department of Occupational Therapy Faculty Papers. Paper 86.