Sensory Processing and Its Relationship with Children's Daily Life Participation

Chien, Chi-Wen, Rodger, Sylvia, Copley, Jodie, Branjerdporn, Grace and Taggart, Caitlin (2015) Sensory Processing and Its Relationship with Children's Daily Life Participation. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 36 1: 73-87. doi:10.3109/01942638.2015.1040573

Author Chien, Chi-Wen
Rodger, Sylvia
Copley, Jodie
Branjerdporn, Grace
Taggart, Caitlin
Title Sensory Processing and Its Relationship with Children's Daily Life Participation
Journal name Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1541-3144
Publication date 2015-09-30
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/01942638.2015.1040573
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 73
End page 87
Total pages 15
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims: To investigate whether children with probable or definite differences in sensory processing (SP) had participation restrictions, and the relationship between Short Sensory Profile (SSP) scores and children's participation. Methods: The participants were parents of 64 children (mean age 8 years 1 month); 36 with potential impairments in regulating sensory input and filtering out unnecessary stimuli (29 boys, 7 girls) and 28 with typical SP abilities (25 boys, 3 girls). Parents’ completed the SSP and Participation in Childhood Occupations Questionnaire (PICO-Q). The SSP score was used to categorize children as potential SP impairment group and typical SP ability group. Results: Children categorized as having probable or definite differences in SP exhibited significantly lower participation levels and enjoyment than children categorized as having typical SP abilities. However, participation frequency between both groups was similar. Six out of the seven SP impairment types had small to moderate correlations with children's participation (r = 0.25−0.48, p < 0.05). Multiple regression analyses indicated that only three impairment types (Underresponsive/Seeks Sensation, Low Energy/Weak, and Visual/Auditory Sensitivity) were significant predictors of PICO-Q participation domains. Conclusions: The results suggest that children with potential SP impairments have restrictions in the degree of participation and enjoyment. Three SP types were related to specific participation domains, but they explained a small amount of variance or none in some participation domains. Other variables should be considered to identify determinants of children's participation.
Keyword Children
occupational therapy
sensory processing
sensory profile
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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