A quarterly publication of the Autism Research Institute

The Autism Research Review International is quarterly publication of the Autism Research Institute

Spring, 2024 | Number 2, Volume 38

Sensory integration therapy found beneficial for kids with ASD, related issues

A meta-analysis by researchers in South Korea indicates that sensory integration therapy can be beneficial for many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This type of therapy is designed to reduce sensory processing problems, a common challenge for children with ASD, by exposing them in a structured way to sensory input— particularly tactile, auditory, proprioceptive, and vestibular input.

Seri Oh and colleagues analyzed data from 24 Korean studies involving the use of sensory integration interventions. The researchers say their analysis indicates that the therapy can be effective for children with ASD as well as those with related disabilities, including cerebral palsy, attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental disorder, and intellectual disability. In addition to improving sensory processing, they say, sensory integration therapy appears to enhance social skills, adaptive behavior, and gross and fine motor skills.

“Regarding sensory integration therapies,” they add, “1:1 individual treatment with a therapist or a therapy session lasting for 40 min was most effective.”

The researchers conclude, “The results of this study may be used as therapeutic evidence for sensory integration intervention in the clinical field of occupational therapy for children, and can help to present standards for sensory integration intervention protocols.”


Citations

“Effectiveness of sensory integration therapy in children, focusing on Korean children: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” Seri Oh, Jong-Sik Jang, A-Ra Jeon, Geonwoo Kim, Mihwa Kwon, Bahoe Cho, and Narae Lee, World Journal of Clinical Cases, March 6, 2024 (online). Address: Narae Lee, Department of Occupational Therapy, U1 University, Chung-cheong bukdo 25949, South Korea. [email protected]