This exploratory pilot study was conducted to evaluate outcome differences between traditional individualized sensory integration treatment and integrated sensorimotor activities for preschool children with autism spectrum disorders. Pre- and post test measures of play were evaluated for two small groups of children who met criteria for exhibiting sensory processing issues. Results indicated positive differences in play behavior for both groups of children. Overall, further research is indicated to better understand the impact of various treatment approaches on participation in preschool occupations.
Dunbar SB, Carr-Hertel J, Lieberman HA, Perez B, Ricks K. A Pilot Study Comparison of Sensory Integration Treatment and Integrated Preschool Activities for Children with Autism. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2012 Jul 01;10(3), Article 6.