Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Jessica McHugh, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, Pn1


sensory, sensory processing, sensory integration, family dynamic, participation

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


This capstone project encompassed a two-fold focus on advanced clinical practice in the area of sensory integration and research on the effect of sensory integration on the family dynamic. Ayres Sensory Integration was implemented in clinical practice in order to enhance learning, behavior, and participation in individuals with sensory processing disorder and sensory concerns. The research study examined the lived experiences of parents/caregivers of children with sensory processing difficulties to understand how sensory integration has impacted their family dynamic. Qualitative phenomenological methodology was used for data collection and analysis. Sixteen parents were interviewed, and four major themes emerged including family routines, parent response/reaction to sensory needs, modified participation in family activities, and improved regulation leading to increased family participation in activities outside the home.



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