01-06-2014 | Letter to the Editor
Comment on: ‘An Intervention for Sensory Difficulties in Children with Autism: A Randomized Trial’ by Schaaf et al. (2013)
Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 6/2014Log in om toegang te krijgen
The purpose of this letter to the editor is to comment on a recently published paper in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, ‘An Intervention for Sensory Difficulties in Children with Autism: A Randomized Trial’ by Schaaf et al. (2013). The authors are commended for undertaking a randomised clinical trial (RCT) examining the efficacy of occupational therapy using sensory integration (OT/SI). The study complies with many of the recommended standards of RCT’s including: (a) detailed eligibility criteria, (b) well-matched experimental and control groups, (c) use of gold-standard instruments to measure the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder, (d) the use of functionally relevant outcome measures, (e) fidelity checking, and (f) manualization of the intervention. Additional aspects of rigour that could be considered in subsequent research include: (a) independent blinded measure of observational outcomes, (b) treatment and control interventions of equivalent dose, (c) public access to the manualized treatment guidelines, and (d) the use of a comparison occupational therapy intervention to address the same goals as the OT/SI intervention.