SENSORY INTEGRATION AND AUTISM
A Research project Completed by Sharon de la Mare, M.A.
Calgary, Alberta June 1989
The purpose of this research was to study the effect of a specific program, Vantage Reading (formerly Bonding the Senses) ,(Ross, 1986), on motor function skills of autistic children. The program was administered to 6 subjects ranging in age from 6 years 8 months to 8 years 4 months. The mean chronological age was 6 years 3 months. All of the subjects were independently diagnosed as autistic using DSM III criteria (APA, 1980). There were 4 males and 2 females. The subjects were pretested using an adapted form of a sensory integration data collection form developed by Ruth Smith, a physiotherapist with R.E.A.C.H. This test assessed exploratory behaviours, reach on sight and sound, and motility. The targeted intervention took place 5 days per week for 1 hour per day, for a 3 month period of time. Post testing was then done using the same instrument used for the pre-testing. Pre and post test data was then compared. In all cases there was a significant increase in responsiveness.
If you wish the pre and post test results email me and I will be happy to forward them to you.