You can find a round up of our recently featured journal articles below and kick off 2020 with some CPD reading.
Caregivers’ perceptions of barriers and supports for children with sensory processing disorders
This study explored caregivers’ perceptions of how children with Sensory Processing disorders participate in community outings, strategies to support successful outings and if multi‐sensory environments mitigate participation barriers.
Parent strategies for addressing the needs of their newly adopted childIn this qualitative study, researchers found that difficulties with sleeping, feeding, attachment, and behaviour and self-regulation difficulties associated with Sensory Integration difficulties were the biggest challenge for parents of newly adopted children. Researchers highlight the role therapists have to not only assess and address these challenges but also to support families to cope with meeting the needs of their children.
Health provider and service-user experiences of sensory modulation rooms in an acute inpatient psychiatry setting
New research shows that the use of sensory modulation rooms in acute inpatient psychiatry settings is viewed positively by both service users and health care providers.
Sensory Processing and Maladaptive Behavior: Profiles within the Down Syndrome Phenotype: Applying Findings to Practice
In this research paper, Occupational Therapist, Renee Watling explores the relationship between sensory processing and maladaptive behaviours in relation to Down Syndrome. Though maladaptive behaviours as a result of sensory processing difficulties may impact on daily life occupations, they also may serve a positive function including escape, attention etc. Gaining an insight into the association of sensory processing and maladaptive behaviours supports the understanding of the potential factors instigating the behaviour, which may support targeted interventions.
Cultural Adaptation of the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile for Spain
Results for this study indicate that the Spanish version of the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Procession is conceptually and semantically equivalent to the original version. Great to see sensory assessment tools being made more accessible internationally.
Connections Between Sensory Sensitivities in Autism; the Importance of Sensory Friendly Environments for Accessibility and Increased Quality of Life for the Neurodivergent Autistic Minority
This literature review looks at the importance of sensory friendly environments to improve accessibility and subsequently quality of life for individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder who have difficulties with Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration.
The role of sensory processing difficulties, cognitive impairment, and disease severity in predicting functional behavior among patients with multiple sclerosis
In one of the first studies to investigate sensory processing in people with multiplesclerosis (MS), researchers found that this population experiences difficulties with registering and modulating sensory input. These difficulties were found to impact on ability to perform activities of daily living and may be a marker of disease severity.
Auditing Learning Environments from a Sensory Perspective
Here, a university team present their process of auditing their learning environment from a sensory perspective and make recommendations on how to make the environment more accessible for those who have difficulties with Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration.
Somatosensory Discrimination in People With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Scoping Review
This recently published scoping review in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy offers an excellent overview of somatosensory functioning, its role in child development and its prevalence in the ASD population.
Associations Between Meaning of Everyday Activities and Participation Among Children
The subjective meaning that people attach to their occupations may explain the association among participation, health, and well-being - but most studies have been on adults, and the ones on children have been mostly qualitative studies. This recent study aimed to explore the perceived meaning that typically developing children attribute to their everyday activities and to assess the correlations between children’s perceived meaning and their participation as assessed by parents. It found that children aged 6-12 were able to reflect on the meaning of their everyday activities and the researchers suggested that the Perceived Meaning of Occupation Questionnaire (PMOQ) was a useful tool for facilitating this and that it could be a useful for engaging young children in setting meaningful goals for therapy.
Addressing Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorders Across the Lifespan: The Role of Occupational Therapy
This is a great fact sheet from American Journal of Occupational Therapy.