THE EFFECT OF A TWO-WEEK SENSORY DIET ON INFANTS WITH REGULATORY SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Jacqueline Jorge, Patricia Ann de Witt, Denise Franzsen

Abstract



The effectiveness of a two-week parent education and an Ayers-SI sensory diet intervention programme in reducing signs of fussiness in infants identified with Regulatory Sensory Processing Disorder (RSPD) was investigated.  Twelve infants, divided into two groups: 7-12 and 13-24 months, who met the criteria for RSPD, based on an interview and the completion of the Infant Toddler Symptom Checklist (ITSC) were included in the study.

Findings for this small sample indicated a significant reduction in signs of fussiness in both groups (p=0.00), with a greater change evident in the 7-12 month group. The most significant changes were seen in self-regulation and attachment. Difficulties with tactile, vestibular and auditory sensitivities related to sensory processing persisted, indicating the need for further sensory integrative therapy. The results also indicate a lack of recognition for RSPD in infants and the role of occupational therapy in this condition amongst other health professionals.


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