An exploration of sensory integration therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A primary caregiver’s perspective.
Charlotte Grace, Hepburn
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Research focusing on families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, is often concerned with general experiences of having a family member with ASD. Additionally, research into Sensory integration Therapy (SIT) and its effectiveness primarily uses a quantitative method. The current study aims to fill the gaps in this research by exploring the experience of caregivers using SIT, with their child who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The current study uses a qualitative design using thematic analysis as its method of analysis. Five themes were identified; ‘Family activities’, ‘Behavioural outcomes’, ‘Family routines’, ‘Understanding child’ and ‘Service limitations’. These results provide a novel, in-depth insight into the experiences of using SIT and its surrounding techniques for carers of children with ASD. The findings advance previous literature in this area of how the utilisation of SIT impacts family life. They also highlight a need for future research to expand on how family understanding of sensory processing can effect family relationships. Furthermore, this research indicates a need for service providers to acknowledge the vital role that SIT may have on the wellbeing of these families and implement SIT in an individualised manner.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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