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Research, Sensitivities, theory

Sensory Processing – Overall Summary of the Research Program


What is sensory processing?

Sensory processing is the term used to describe the manner in which humans understand everyday sensations. For more information, click learning opportunities.

Why is research important?

As with any body of scientific knowledge, it is important that Dunn’s Model of Sensory Processing be supported by valid and reliable research. Research communicates to consumers that the methods outlined in the model have been proven effective and are safe and useful for consumers.

How can I be a critical consumer of research?

As a consumer reading research articles, consider the following suggestions:

If methods, approaches, or results sound too good to be true, they probably are

Be wary of methods or approaches whose only measure of success are testimonials

Be wary of methods or approaches claiming immediate and dramatic results

In addition to these suggestions, it is important to consider the research article’s level of evidence. There are five levels of evidence. Level I evidence consists of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and randomized controlled trials (RCT). Level II evidence consists of two-group, non-randomized research studies including cohort studies and case-control studies. Level III evidence consists of one-group, non-randomized studies, such as pre- and post- test studies. Level IV evidence consists of descriptive studies, such as single-subject design studies and case studies. Level V evidence consists of case reports, expert opinions, narrative literature reviews, and consensus statements. However, these levels of evidence only pertain to quantitative studies. Qualitative studies that describe performance are not included in a particular level of evidence.

What does the research say about sensory processing?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mental Health

Learning Disabilities

Everyday Life

Additional Information

Sensory Processing & Related Concepts

Conceptual Articles Explaining Sensory Processing Concepts

Studies of People Across the Life Span which Validate the Concepts of Dunn’s Model

Studies Related to Natural Environments

Adult Studies

Fragile X Syndrome

Related Helpful Resources

Slagle Lectureship Bibliography

Temperament and Sensory Processing in Young Children Bibliography (Deb Daniels)

Temperament Resources Bibliography (Deb Daniels)

Rothbart ECBQ Categorie

via Sensory Processing – Overall Summary of the Research Program.

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