Research Archive
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On this page you will find a bibliography of published research on sensory integration, Sensory Processing Disorder, and related topics. Look out for bolded names to find work done by Spiral Foundation staff and directors!
Bundy, A., and Koomar, J. (2002). The art of therapy. In A. C. Bundy, S. J. Lane, & E. A. Murray (Eds.) Sensory integration theory and practice. Philadelphia, PA: FAA Davis Company.

Cermak, S., Bandini, L., Song, L., Tybor, D., Curtin, C., Gleason, J., Teasdale, A., May-Benson, T., & Munoz, M. (2006). Physical fitness in children with developmental coordination disorder. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Westford, MA.

Cohn, E., May-Benson, T., & Teasdale, A. (2011). The relationship between behaviors associated with sensory processing and parental sense of competence. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 31. doi: 10.3928/15394492-20110304-01

Haron, M. (November/December 1999). Understanding sensory integration dysfunction. Twins, 38-39.

Ingmanson, E., May-Benson, T., Hunnicutt, T., Braccini, S., Porton, I., & Bauman, M. (2011, April). Social behavior and proximity to group members in a captive chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) identified with sensory integration difficulties. Poster presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Minneapolis, MN. Abstract in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement.

Ingmanson, E. J., May-Benson, T. A., Hunnicutt, T., Porton, I., Weber, M. A., Pruett, Jr., J. R., Beversdorf, D. Q., & Bauman, M. L. (2010, April). Chimpanzee behavioral anomalies: possible sensory integration difficulties in a captive individual (Pan troglodytes). Poster presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Albuquerque, NM. Abstract in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement,141(50), 132-33.

Koomar, J. & Bundy, A. (2002). Creating intervention from theory. In A. C. Bundy, S. J. Lane, & E. A. Murray (Eds.) Sensory integration theory and practice. Philadelphia, PA: FAA Davis Company.

Koomar, J., Burpee, J., DeJean, V., Frick, S., Kawar, M., and Fisher, D. (2001). Theoretical and clinical perspectives on the Interactive Metronome: A view from occupational therapy practice. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55(2), 163-166.

Koomar, J., May-Benson, T. (2010, March) Evidence-based practice in sensory integration. Paper presented at the Boston Symposium: Integration of Sensation, Clinical Innovations and Research, Waltham, MA.

Koomar, J. and Szklut, S. E. (1998). Making Sense of Sensory Integration. Sensory Resources.

Kranowitz, C. and Szklut, S. E. (1999). Teachers ask about Sensory Integration. Sensory Resources.

Kranowitz, C. and Szklut, S. E. (2000). Answers to Questions Teachers ask about Sensory Integration. Sensory Resources.

Lieberman, D., Arbesman, M., Davies, P., Koenig, K., Lane, S., May-Benson, T., Polatajko, H., Schaaf, R.(2007, April). Evidence-based practice literature review of occupational therapy for children and adolescents with sensory processing disorder/sensory integrative dysfunction. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Mailloux, Z., Bodison, S., & May-Benson, T., (2006, April). Measuring meaningful outcomes for children with sensory integration disorders. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Mailloux, Z. et al. (2009). Goal attainment scaling as a measure of meaningful outcomes for children with sensory integration disorders. In C. B. Royeen & A. J. Luebben (Eds.), Sensory integration: A compendium of leading scholarship (pp. 201-210). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

May-Benson, T., et al. (1994). Normal performance of 2-4 year old children on a gravitational insecurity assessment. Poster presented at the Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Research Center, Second Annual Research Colloquium, Boston University, Boston, MA; Research Institute, Can-AM Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Boston, MA; Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, Marlboro, MA.

May-Benson, T., et al. (1997, November). Effect of physical appearance on perception of task age-appropriateness. Poster presented at the Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Research Center, Fifth Annual Research Colloquium, Boston University, Boston, MA; Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, Marlboro, MA.

May-Benson, T., et al. (1997, November). Effect of verbal direction on perception of task age-appropriateness. Poster presented at the Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Research Center, Fifth Annual Research Colloquium, Boston University, Boston, MA; Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, Marlboro, MA.

May-Benson, T. (1997, November). Coping abilities in children with sensory integrative dysfunction. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, Marlboro, MA.

May-Benson, T. (1997, May). Sensory processing in children with ADD and sensory integrative dysfunction: A comparison with typical peers. Poster presented at the Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Research Center, Fifth Annual Research Colloquium, Boston University, Boston, MA.

May-Benson, T.  (1998, May). Inter-rater reliability of a test of ideational praxis for children. Poster presented at the Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Research Center, Sixth Annual Research Colloquium, Boston University, Boston, MA.

May-Benson, T. (1999, April). Sensory processing and coping skills in children with sensory integrative dysfunction. Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

May-Benson, T. (1999, September). Preliminary validity of the test of ideational praxis. Poster presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, Marlboro, MA.

May-Benson, T.  (November 20, 2000).  Examining coping skills in children with sensory integration. OT Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association.

May-Benson, T. (2000). Forward. In Clinical Observation of Motor and Postural Skills (COMPS). Framingham, MA: Therapro.

May-Benson, T. (December 2000). Creating a consensus on terminology in sensory integration: Comments and reflections. OT Practice, 23(4). American Occupational Therapy Association.

May-Benson, T., Ingolia, P., and Koomar, J. (2001). Activities of daily living in persons with developmental coordination disorder. In S. Cermak, and D. Larkin (Eds). Developmental coordination disorder: Theory and practice. Edmark.

May-Benson, T. (2001). A theoretical model of ideation. In E. Blanche, R. Schaaf, and S. Smith Roley (Eds.) Understanding the nature of sensory integration with diverse populations. Therapy Skill Builders.

May-Benson, T. (2004). Praxis is more than just motor planning: Clinical reasoning for praxis intervention. OT Practice, American Occupational Therapy Association.

May-Benson, T. (2006). Introduction to sensory integration. In A. Wagenfeld and J. Kaldenberd (Eds.) Foundations for pediatric practice for the occupational therapy assistant. Thorofare, NJ: Slack, Inc.

May-Benson, T. (April 2006). Ideation, language, cognition and behavior in praxis. Presented at the Children's Learning Forum, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

May-Benson, T. (April 2006). Examining the relation of ideational praxis to language, behavior, cognition, motor skills and praxis. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.

May-Benson, T. (April 2008). Reliability and validity of goal attainment scaling. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.

May-Benson, T. & Bodison, S. (April 2007). Goal attainment scaling as a meaningful outcome measure for sensory integration: A training program. Presented at the Pre-Conference Institute at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

May-Benson, T. & Cermak, S. (2007). Development of an assessment for ideational praxis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 148-153.

May-Benson, T. A. & Cermak, S. (2009). Development of an assessment for ideational praxis. In C. B. Royeen & A. J. Luebben (Eds.), Sensory integration: A compendium of leading scholarship (pp. 184-191). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

May-Benson, T. & Cohn, E. (April 2009). Parent sense of competence with children with ADD/ADHD and sensory processing disorder. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

May-Benson, T. & Cohn, E. (March 2010). The relationship between parents' sense of competence and behaviors associated with sensory processing. Presented at the Spiral Foundation Presents Integration of Sensation: Clinical Innovations and Research, Boston, MA.

May-Benson, T. & Daunhauer, L. (November 1996). Sensory processing in children with ADD. Presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, Marlboro, MA.

May-Benson, T. & Koomar, J. (September 1999). Avocational skills and sensory processing in typical adults. Presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference, Marlboro, MA.

May-Benson, T. & Koomar, J. (October 1998). Sensory Processing in Typical Adults: A Pilot Study. Presented at the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy Conference.

May-Benson, T. & Koomar, J. (2007). Identifying gravitational insecurity in children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 142-147.

May-Benson, T. & Koomar, J. (April 2009). Prevalence of pre/perinatal birth history and early childhood development problems of children with sensory processing disorder. Presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

May-Benson, T. & Koomar, J. (March 2010). Incidence of pre-, peri-, and post-natal birth and development problems of children with sensory processing disorder and children with autism spectrum disorder. Presented at the Spiral Foundation Presents Integration of Sensation: Clinical Innovations and Research, Boston, MA.

May-Benson, T. A. & Koomar, J. A. (2009). Identifying gravitational insecurity in children: A pilot study. In C. B. Royeen & A. J. Luebben (Eds.), Sensory integration: A compendium of leading scholarship (192-200). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

May-Benson, T. & Koomar, J. A. (2009). What is the effectiveness of sensory integration intervention (including the effect of context [cultural, physical, social, personal, spiritual, temporal, and visual]) to create, promote, establish, restore, maintain, modify, and prevent future limitations in activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, education/transition, play/leisure, and social participation in children and adolescents whose sensory processing patterns are interfering with everyday life participation? (Critically appraised topic). Evidence-Based Literature Review Project, American Occupational Therapy Association.

May-Benson, T. A., Koomar, J. A., & Teasdale, A. (2009). Incidence of pre-, peri-, and post-natal birth and developmental problems of children with sensory processing disorder and children with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers of Integrative Neuroscience, 3 (31).

May-Benson, T. A., & Koomar, J. A. (2010). Systematic review of the research evidence examining the effectiveness of interventions using a sensory integrative approach for children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 64, 403-414. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2010.09071.

May-Benson, T. (2011). Emotion, Arousal and Behavior: It's Not All About Modulation. Spiral Foundation.

May-Benson, T., Ingmanson, E., Braccini, S., Porton, I., Hunnicutt, T., & Bauman, M.  (April 2011). The Holly project: Applying sensory integration theory and practice to improving occupational performance and well-being of captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Poster presented at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Parham, D., Cohn, E., Spitzer, S., Koomar, J., Miller, L., Burke, J., Brett-Green, B., Mailloux, Z., May-Benson, T., et al. (2007). Fidelity in sensory integration intervention research. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 216-227.

Parham, L. D. et al. (2009). Fidelity in sensory integration intervention research. In Cgra. B. Royeen & A. J. Luebben (Eds.), Sensory integration: A compendium of leading scholarship (410-427). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.

Parham, L. D., Smith Roley, S., May-Benson, T., Koomar, J., & The Sensory Integration Research Collaborative (SIRC). (May 2010). Fidelity in Ayres sensory integration intervention. Poster presented at the Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Santiago de Chile.

Parham, L. D., Roley, S. S., May-Benson, T. A., Koomar, J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J. P., Cohn, E, S., Mailloux, Z., Miller, L., Schaaf, R. C., et al. (2011). Development of a fidelity measure for research on effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration® intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, 133-142.

Schaaf, R., Benevides, T., Miller, LJ., Shoen, S., Brett-Green, B., Parham, D., May-Benson, T.  (October 2006). Sensory processing, physiological reactivity and adaptive behavior in autism. Poster presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Schaaf, R. C., Benevides, T., Blanche, E. I., Brett-Green, B. A., Burke, J. P., Cohn, E. S., Koomar, J., Lane, S. J., Miller, L. J., May-Benson, T. A., Parham, D., & Schoen, S. A. (2010). Parasympathetic functions in children with sensory processing disorder. Frontiers of Integrative Neuroscience, 4 (4).

Szklut, S. E. & Breath, D. M. (2001). Learning disabilities. In D. Umpred (Ed.) Neurological rehabilitation. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.

Trecker, A. (2001). Play and praxis in children with autism: Observations and intervention strategies. In Miller-Kuhanek (Ed.) Autism: Comprehensive occupational therapy approach. Bethesda, MD: American Association of Occupational Therapy.

Windsor, M. M., Roley, S. S., & Szklut, S. E. (2001). Assessment of sensory integration and praxis. In E. I. Blanch, S. S. Roley, & R. C. Schaaf, (Eds.) Sensory integration with diverse populations. Therapy Skill Builders.