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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Wessex Institute (United Kingdom)
Sensory or Auditory Integration Therapy for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Tochel, C. (2003).
STEER, 3(17).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a review of research studies investigating the effect of sensory integration therapy (SIT) or auditory integration therapy (AIT) on various sensory, communicative, behavioral, and social outcomes for children with autism.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children with autistic spectrum disorder, including autism, Asperger's syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett's syndrome, or other autistic symptoms.

Intervention/Assessment: Sensory integration therapy (SIT) and auditory integration therapy (AIT).

Number of Studies Included: 4

Years Included: Through August 2003



  • Treatment
    • Cognition, Speech & Hearing
      • Auditory/Sensory Integration Training
        • Insufficient evidence was found to determine the effects of SIT on communication outcomes for children with autism.
        • Weak evidence from a limited number of studies did not find AIT to be more effective than unprocessed music for improving aspects of communication in children with autism (p. 5).

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Auditory Integration Training, Sensory Integration

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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