Department of Occupational Therapy
Autism & Sensory Integration
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Dr. Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor, Vice Chairman &
Teal Benevides, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor and Sensory Integration Lab Coordinator
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Devoted to Increasing Knowledge of Sensory Integration/Sensory Processing in Children and Adults
The Sensory Integration Laboratory houses a program of research investigating the neural and behavioral markers of difficulty processing and integrating sensory information and Occupational Therapy treatment of these disorders. Our neuro-physiological study, funded by the NIH, entitled “Physiological and Behavioral Characterization of Sensory Dysfunction in autism” examines physiological reactivity to sensations in a unique protocol – The Sensory Challenge Protocol; and behavioral markers of sensory reactivity through standardized questionnaires and interviews. A second major project is a randomized control trial designed to examine “The Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions using Sensory Integration Principles for Children with autism”. Please click for more information on our active studies.
The lab’s primary investigator, Dr. Roseann Schaaf, has devoted her career to the study of the neuro-physiological mechanism of abnormal sensory processing in children and treatment of these disorders. She is an internationally recognized expert in sensory integration in occupational therapy and known academically for her research in pediatric occupational therapy.
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Walk Now for Autism
Each year, research assistants raise money and participate in the Walk Now for Autism event in Philadelphia. This event promotes advocacy of autism research, resources and support networks for individuals and families affected by this disability. Go here.
Last Sensory Integration Laboratory at TJU
Edison Building, Suite 560D
130 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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