Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Announces Publication of Research Pilot Study on Integrated Listening Systems for Children With SPD

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The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation has conducted a pilot study of an auditory program using Integrated Listening System (iLs) for treatment of SPD, which was published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention on October 3, 2015.

A child uses an auditory program while receiving occupational therapy.

The data collected indicated improvements in individualized family goals such as following directions, completing tasks without incident, frustration tolerance and social participation with siblings or peers.

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation has conducted a pilot study of an auditory program using Integrated Listening System (iLs) for treatment of SPD, which was published in the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention on October 3, 2015. The use of auditory programs have quickly spread in the occupational therapy community as a way to treat children with sensory challenges however evidence of its effectiveness has largely been available through anecdotal reports. The study was conducted by Sarah A. Schoen PhD, OTR, Lucy J. Miller PhD, OTR, and Jillian Sullivan PhD.

Seven children ages 5-12 and their families, who were not currently receiving other sensory-based therapy, participated in the pilot study. Parent goals were selected as a measurement for the data. All children were reported to have daily challenges in activities at school and home before treatment. During the study each child completed 40 intervention sessions of 60 minutes in length using the iLs Focus Series sensory motor program. The data collected indicated improvements in individualized family goals such as following directions, completing tasks without incident, frustration tolerance and social participation with siblings or peers. In addition, all composite scores of the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System and Behavior Assessment System for Children changed in the predicted direction.

The SPD Foundation’s pilot study provides preliminary evidence that the iLs program is successful in improving sensory challenges in some children. “What’s exciting about these findings is that it provides empirical evidence to support the use of auditory programs for children with sensory challenges and implicates the automatic nervous system’s role as a mechanism of change. This preliminary information can be used for hypothesis generation in future studies," says Dr. Sarah Schoen. The published study is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19411243.2015.1055418.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological condition where sensory input creates an abnormal or inappropriate response from the recipient. This affects children and adults on a daily basis and is most commonly treated with occupational therapy.

Since 1979 the SPD Foundation has been pioneering research in the field of SPD including studying treatment methods used for children and adults experiencing sensory challenges.

ABOUT SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER FOUNDATION The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the world leader in research, education, and awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological condition that disrupts the daily lives of more than 4 million Americans. The SPD Foundation offers educational programs, conducts SPD research, and provides resources for parents worldwide. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, widely recognized as a leader in SPD research worldwide, founded the SPD Foundation in 1979. The SPD Foundation provides hope and help to individuals and families living with SPD. For more information, visit SPDFoundation.net or call 303-794-1182.

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