Scientific research 

concerning 

sensory processing 

A lot of scientific research into sensory processing disorder has been carried out in the last ten years. Because there are so many different circumstances where problems in sensory processing can manifest itself, it remains difficult to ascertain the existence of sensory processing disorder. From a number of diagnosed problems it has now been proven that the processing of sensory information differs significantly from the normal population. 

The results of the research concerning treatment are not yet uniform. It often concerns small groups of children or sometimes even the description of a single child. Sensory processing disorder must be described more clearly as well as the criteria that must be met when applying a therapy aiming at sensory processing. In any case it is established definitely that there is no proof that a therapy based on sensory processing should not be useful. Below you will find a number of websites where information on scientific publications can be found.

  • Spdfoundation
  • The sensory processing disorder foundation is Lucy Miller´s website. She is an occupational therapist who has been engaged in research into sensory processing disorders. There is an impressive list of scientific articles on this website. Lucy Miller also wrote the book Sensational Kids. You can order the book at Books.
  • Sensory-processing-disorder
  • On this website full of information on sensory processing disorder information on the latest situation of scientific research can be found. Via this website you will have access to approximately a thousand articles, studies or brief summaries.
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • This is the website of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Here you will find publications of articles on sensory processing on a regular basis. A short summary is available of all articles published since 1980. The entire article is available but then you must pay for it. Some articles are directly related to the games or activities described or to a specific diagnosis. Below a selection of articles which have been published in this journal over the last 10 years.
    • AJOT May-June.  In this journal several systematic reviews of the research evidence examiming the effectiveness of sensory integration or sensory processing. 

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