Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Efficacy of Occupational Therapy Using Ayres Sensory Integration®: A Systematic Review

Schaaf, R. C., Dumont, R. L., et al. (2018).
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(1), 7201190010p1-7201190010p10.
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  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
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  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

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Study Characteristics: Characteristics were provided in narrative form in the Results section.

Article Details


This is a systematic review of peer-reviewed literature investigating the effects of Ayres Sensory Integration on children and adolescents with autism.

Questions/Aims Addressed

The purpose of this review is to synthesize literature on Ayres Sensory Integration aimed to improve functioning and participation in everyday activities for children and adolescents with autism.


Children and adolescents with autism


Ayres Sensory Integration

Number of Studies Included


Years Included

2007 to May 2015

Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Results indicated insufficient evidence to support improvement in outcomes associated with play, sensory-motor, perceptual, cognitive, and language skills in children and adolescents with autism.

Keywords: Cognition, Social Communication, Speech and Language, Sensory-Based/Sensory-Motor Treatments

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