Ayres Sensory Integration® for Addressing Play in Autistic Children: A Multiple-Baseline Examination
Importance: Play is an area of difficulty for autistic children, and occupational therapy practitioners need evidence to guide interventions to improve play for this population. Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) intervention has not yet been studied for its impact on play outcomes.
Objective: To examine the impact of ASI intervention on play types in autistic children.
Design: Nonconcurrent, multiple-baseline design across subjects.
Setting: Outpatient occupational therapy clinic in New England.
Participants: Three autistic children, ages 5, 6, and 6 yr.
Intervention: Twenty-four ASI sessions.
Outcomes and Measures: Frequency of play type was coded using partial interval coding. Progress monitoring used Goal Attainment Scaling.
Results: All three participants demonstrated changes in the frequency of specific types of play, but changes varied among them.
Conclusions and Relevance: Findings suggest that ASI intervention may alter a child’s patterns of play.
Kuhaneck, H. M., Watling, R., & Glennon, T. J. (2023). Ayres Sensory Integration® for addressing play in autistic children: A multiple-baseline examination. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(2), 7702205080. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2023.050169