- Participation in healthcare for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be overwhelming resulting in stressful responses safety concerns.¹
- Sensory features impact healthcare participation.
- Up to 84% of individuals with ASD experience atypical sensory features of : - Hyper or hypo reactivity to sensation.²
- Unusual sensory interests in the environment.²
- Poor sensory integration.²
- Families may refrain from participation in medical care to prevent negative experiences, contributing to occupational deprivation.¹
- Sensory Adaptive Environments (SAE) may improve participation for autistic persons.1,3,4
Rios-Vega, OTD, OTR/L, Lady; Carroll, OTD, OTR/L, Amy; Dumont, OTR/L, Rachel L.; Treadwell-Deering, MD, Dianne; Fields, MD, Matthew; and Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Roseann C., "Sensory Adaptive Environment to Enhance Participation in Healthcare for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Interdisciplinary Design Thinking Approach" (2022). Department of Occupational Therapy Posters and Presentations. Paper 82.