Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Research Projects

Research Projects

Understanding Sensory Features in Autism

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“From Research to Reality. ”Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, December 2016”

The goal of the program is to understand the neural mechanisms of sensory processing in children with autism and their impact on function and participation. This research aims to characterize and measure sensory reactivity, sensory perception, and multisensory integration using psychophysiological measurement, imaging, multisensory integration-evoked related potentials, and behavioral measures. 

 

 


Testing Outcomes of Occupational therapy using Ayres Sensory Integration in Comparison to Behavioral Intervention to Improve Functional Skills in Children with Autism

This research focuses on testing the implementation of an evidence-based program of occupational therapy using sensory integration principles. Outcomes include measures of multisensory integration (via ERP), behavior, activity, and participation.


Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI)

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“Sensory Integration Therapy: New Science for Hotly Debated Autism Intervention.” Jefferson Review, Spring 2016.”

Comprehensive assessment is a critical link between understanding an individual’s participation challenges and choosing an intervention that will be effective in supporting that individual toward successful and meaningful engagement in occupations. The EASI aims to be a comprehensive assessment for understanding the ways in which sensory integrative function and dysfunction are supporting or hindering participation in children (Dr. Zoe Mailloux).