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
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
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