Life Experiences of a Child with Challenges in Sensory Processing and Integration: A Case Study
Sensorimotor integration; Child development
Children have occupations they need to perform in order to learn, grow, and develop. Challenges in processing and integrating sensory information can impair their capacities . for occupational participation and engagement. Sensory integration interventions have been promoted as able to help children improve their abilities to use sensory information for function as well as provide strategies for self-regulation. Much of the research on the efficacy of sensory integration interventions is experimental and descriptive, and largely inconsistent. Qualitative methodologies have not been widely used to examine the approach or to investigate the first-person experiences of the children who participate in sensory integration interventions. This phenomenological qualitative research study investigated ~he life experiences of a child with challenges in sensory processing and integration who had received sensory-based occupational therapy intervention. The themes identified were freaking out and I engage. The perspectives acquired can help influence the clinical reasoning of occupational therapists and expand the research base of sensory integration interventions.
Date of Completion
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound