OBJECTIVE. We examined the literature to identify reports of sensory integration concerns in children with functional defecation issues and to explore whether difficulty processing sensation may be related to their challenging bowel management behaviors.
METHOD. A scoping review was used to address the research question. We sourced articles from six databases in three languages, searched reference lists of all included articles, and identified additional articles through discussion with experts in the field.
RESULTS. Twelve articles were included in the final synthesis, identifying 15 challenging behaviors potentially related to sensory integration concerns.
CONCLUSION. We summarize research documenting sensory integration concerns in children with functional defecation issues, providing researchers and clinicians with an overview of the current state of understanding.