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Caregiver-Endorsed Strategies for the Treatment of Sensory Reactivity Symptoms in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

August 13, 2021 - June 15, 2023

Sensory-based interventions are commonly prescribed by occupational therapists in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders. However, while there is emerging evidence for Ayres Sensory Integration therapy in individuals with IQs above 65, many studies evaluating the efficacy of various sensory-based interventions have demonstrated low or insufficient strength of evidence. This study aims to pinpoint interventions that might be promising candidates for targeted trials based on prevalence and perceived efficacy in a large community sample.

What are the goals of the study?

The purpose of this research study is to identify the sensory interventions and strategies that caregivers consider the most effective at treating or managing their child’s sensory reactivity symptoms.

What will happen during the visit or online?

If you agree to take part in this research, you will be asked to complete a 5-10 minute anonymous survey, which will ask you to identify your child’s sensory preferences and your satisfaction with the sensory interventions you use currently or have tried in the past.

How will this help families?

By participating in this study, caregivers of children with autism can share their experiences with the sensory interventions that have worked best for their child. The goal of this project is to use these responses to drive future research to improve the efficacy and accessibility of these strategies.

Eligibility Criteria

Caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder or a related neurodevelopmental disorder (ages 2-17) are eligible to fill out the anonymous survey. Only responses regarding children under the age of 18 will be included.

View the study flyer here.

Contact Information

Christina Layton – clayton@ur.rochester.edu

Research Study Website

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