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Select references and resources for treating sensory processing disruptions

References on the use of the Therapressure/Pressure touch and propriocetive techniques for treating sensory defensiveness. 

Kinnealey, M. (1998). Princess or tyrant: a case report of a child with sensory defensiveness. Occupational Therapy International, 5(4), 293-303.

Moore, K., M., & Henry, A., D. (2002). Treatment of adult psychiatric patients using the Wilbarger protocol. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 18(1),43-63

Pfeiffer, B., & Kinnealey, M.( 2003). Treatment of sensory defensiveness in adults. Occupational Therapy International, 10(3),175-84.

Stagnitti, K., Raison, P., & Ryan, P. (1999). Sensory defensiveness syndrome: A paediatric perspective and case study. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 46(4),175-87.

Stratton, J., & Gailfus, D. (1998). A new approach to substance abuse treatment. Adolescents and adults with ADHD. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 15(2),89-94.

Sudore, K. (2001). Tactile defensiveness and the Wilbarger brushing protocol in system management. Unpublished master’s thesis. D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York.

Synder – Stonebaker, D. (2001). The effects of a Wilbarger based brushing protocol: A single subject study. Unpublished master’s thesis, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.

Weiss-Salinas, D., & Williams, N. (2001). Insights in practice. Sensory defensiveness: a theory of its effect on breastfeeding. Journal of Human Lactation, 17(2),145-51.

Zbytniewski, R. (2002). The effects of sensory integration's Wilbarger technique on engaging behaviors. Bay shore, NY: Touro College.

References on the effectiveness of sensory integration treatment

Bannigan, K. (1997). Clinical effectiveness: Systematic reviews and evidence-based practice in occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60(11), 479-483.

Baranek, G.T. (2002). Efficacy of sensory and motor interventions for children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 32, 397-422.

Carte, E., Morrison, D., Sublett, J., Uemura, A., & Setrakian, W. (1984). Sensory integration therapy: A trail of a specific neurodevelopmental therapy for the remediation of learning disabilities. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 5(4), 189- 194.

Case-Smith, J. (1991). The effects of tactile defensiveness and tactile discrimination on in-hand manipulation. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45(9), 811-818.

Chow, S., M., K. (2002). The practice of sensory integration in Hong Kong. British Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 9(6), 206, 208-13.

Davidson, T., & Williams, B. (2000). Occupational therapy for children with developmental coordination disorder: A study of the effectiveness of a combined sensory integration and perceptual-motor intervention. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63(10), 495-499.

Dawson, G., & Watling, R. (2000). Interventions to facilitate auditory, visual, and motor integration in autism: A review of the evidence. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorder, 30(5), 415-421

Goldstein, H. (2000). Commentary: Interventions to facilitate auditory, visual, and motor integration: “Show me the data”. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 30(5), 423-425.

Green, D., Beaton, L., Moore, D., Warren, L., Wick, V., Sanford, J., E., et al. (2003). Clinical incidence of sensory integration difficulties in adults with learning disabilities and illustration of management. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66(10), 454-463.

Griffer, M., R. (1999). Is sensory integration effective for children with language-learning disorders?: A critical review of the evidence. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 30, 393-400.

High, J. (2001). The effectiveness of sensory integration therapy in children with developmental disorder. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(4), 199.

Horowitz, L., J., Oosterveld, W., J., & Adrichem, R. (1993). Effectiveness of sensory integration therapy on smooth pursuits and organization time in children. Pädiatrie und Grenzgebiete, 30, 331-344.

Humphries, T., Wright, M., Snider, L., & McDougall, B. (1992). A comparison of the effectiveness of sensory integrative therapy and perceptual-motor training in treating children with learning disabilities. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 13(1), 31-40.

Humphries, T., W., Snider, L., & McDougall, B. (1993). Clinical evaluation of the effectiveness of sensory integrative and perceptual motor therapy in improving sensory integrative function in children with learning disabilities. The Occupational therapy Journal of Research, 13(3), 163-183.

Jenkins, J., R., Fewell, R., & Harris, S., R. (1983). Comparison of sensory integrative therapy and motor programming. American Journal of Mental Deficiency, 88(2), 221-224.

Kemmis, B., L., & Dunn, W. (1996). Collaborative consultation: The efficacy of remedial and compensatory interventions in school contexts. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50(9), 709-717.

Leemrijse, C., & Meijer, O., G. (2000). The efficacy of Le Bon Départ and sensory integration treatment for children with developmental coordination disorder: A randomized study with six single cases. Clinical Rehabilitation, 4, 247-259.

Lockhart, J., & Law, M. (1994). The effectiveness of a multisensory writing programme for improving cursive writing ability in children with sensori-motor difficulties. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61(4), 206-214.

Mason, S., A., & Iwata, B., A (1990). Artifactual effects of sensory-integrative therapy on self- injurious behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 23, 361-370.

Mauer, M., D. (1999). Issues and applications of sensory integration theory and treatment with children with language disorders. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 30, 383-392.

Nommensen, A., & Maas, F. (1993). Sensory integration and Down’s syndrome. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 56(12), 451-454.

Paul, S., Sinen, P., Johnson, J., Latshaw, C., Newton, J., Nelson, A, et al. (2003). The effects of a sensory motor activities protocol based on the theory of sensory integration on children diagnosed with preprimary impairments. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 17(2), 19-34.