Abstract

This literature review was completed as part of the Evidence-Based Literature Review Project of the American Occupational Therapy Association to explore the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions with children and adolescents experiencing difficulty processing and integrating sensory information. This part of the review focused on interventions other than the sensory integration approach. Twenty articles (reporting on 21 studies) met the inclusion criteria. This systematic review found that children with difficulty processing and integrating sensory information and difficulties with the performance of daily occupations can benefit from intervention. However, the great variability that characterizes this literature in terms of populations, interventions, and study quality precludes the formation of any firm conclusions regarding specific approaches. There is an urgent need for well-controlled studies examining the effectiveness of frequently used pediatric occupational therapy interventions with well-defined, homogeneous populations on outcomes that target participation in everyday life.

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