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Effectiveness of sensory based strategies for improving adaptive behaviors in children with autism  

Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have unusual responses to sensory stimuli. These responses to stimuli and the associated difficulties in processing sensory information (together referred to as sensory dysfunction) are significant factors limiting the child and family's ability to participate in activities in the home and the community. Interventions such as occupational therapy have been used to specifically address these sensory dysfunctions, but their efficacy has not been evaluated in controlled studies. The present study will evaluate whether a systematic intervention of occupational therapy is effective in decreasing sensory dysfunction in children with ASD. Subjects will work with occupational therapists with expertise in evaluating and treating sensory dysfunction, who will focus on enhancing independence and participation in activities. After occupational therapy, the subjects' ability to participate in home, school, and community activities will be assessed, and improvements in their sensory behaviors will be measured. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $127,414.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 3797
Principal Investigator Schaaf, Roseann
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Occupational, Physical, and Sensory-Based
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? Private
Institution Thomas Jefferson University
State/Country Pennsylvania
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