Critically Appraised Topic
How does a group treatment model utilizing a sensory integration approach work for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Clinical Bottom Line
People diagnosed with ADS have struggles with social interaction and communication as well as often having atypical sensory processing and motor difficulties. Treating only the sensory processing and motor issues without bringing in the social interaction and communication part of the disease seems to inadequately address the issue. This CAT strives to understand how an occupational therapist could combine all of these goals into one treatment session. Treating the young child in a classroom setting allowing for proper sensory stimulation and constructive, positive social interactions, at the same time seems to accomplish that goal of treating the whole person, not simply a series of symptoms.
Owen, Jennifer, "Effectiveness of sensory integration for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders using a group therapy approach." (2010). Pediatrics CATs. 11.