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Evaluation of sensory integration treatment in ASD  

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) display severe disruptions in communication and social interaction. There are many widely implemented but unproven treatments that are thought to improve these skills. Sensory integration deficit (SID) is a controversial but widely used diagnostic classification in ASD and sensory integration based treatment (SIT) is now routinely provided to children with ASD but has an extremely limited evidence base. The purpose of this project is to evaluate whether sensory integration treatment is associated with improvements in communication and social skills in children with ASD. Pre-and post intervention behavioral and neuroimaging measures of multi-sensory processing will be gathered and analyzed to determine whether changes in multi-sensory processing are associated with SIT intervention. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $336,344.00
Project Number 1R34DC010927-01
Principal Investigator Camarata, Stephen
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Interventions)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Vanderbilt University
State/Country Tennessee
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History/Related Projects Evaluation of sensory integration treatment in ASD | $345,261.00 | 2010 | 5R34DC010927-02