On the use of sensory integration therapies

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement, Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders, in the June 2012 issue of Pediatrics. In the statement, the AAP recommends that pediatricians not use “sensory processing disorder” as an independent diagnosis and points out that sensory disorders may be characteristics of other developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental coordination disorder, and anxiety disorder. The statement also recommends that health care providers talk with families about the limited data that is available on the use of sensory-based therapies and teach them how to evaluate the effectiveness of a therapy. (Posted June 12, 2012)

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