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2021 Publication Supports Ayres’ Sensory Integration

Not only does this article support the use of Ayres’ Sensory Integration, it makes the case for why review of science and evidence should be ongoing.

“The current report updates and extends the work on evidence-based, focused intervention practices begun with an
initial review of the literature from 1997 to 2007 (Odom et al. 2010a, b) and extended through a second report that
covered the literature from 1990 to 2011 (Wong et al. 2015); extending this systematic review through 2017 added 567
articles to the review. As the intervention literature has provided more empirical information and as practices have
evolved, some of the classifications required reconceptualization and revision of previous definitions. In an active
research area, knowledge does not stand still, and in fact, identification of EBPs should be dynamic, reflecting the
growth of knowledge across time (Biglan and Ogden 2019).

It is important to note that Sensory Integration refers explicitly to the classical sensory integration model developed by Jean Ayres (2005) and not to a variety of interventions that address sensory issues but have been found to be unsupported (Case-Smith et al. 2015; Watling and Hauer 2015).”

The review explored therapy outcomes over time – reflecting an emphasis on meaningful participation in everyday life, something which is core to the underlying principles of Ayres’ Sensory Integration.

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