Abstract

This qualitative study explored parents’ points of view regarding their children’s participation in occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach. Data were collected through parent interviews and were analyzed using grounded theory methods. The parents’ perceptions of the benefits of therapy for their children were categorized into three interrelated constructs: abilities, activities, and reconstruction of self-worth. For themselves, parents valued understanding their children’s behavior in new ways, which facilitated a shift in expectations for themselves and their children, having their parenting experience validated, and being able to support and advocate for their children. Implications for family-centered intervention and future research are proposed.

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