This study investigated the effects of a sensory diet and
therapeutic listening intervention program, directed by an
occupational therapist and implemented by parents, on children
with sensory processing disorders (SPD) and visual-motor
delays. A convenience sample was used of 10 participants, ages
5 to 11 years, with SPD and visual-motor delays. In the first
phase, each participant completed a 4-week sensory diet
program, then an 8-week therapeutic-listening and sensory diet
program. The Sensory Profile was completed by the
participants’ parents before and after both study phases. The
Draw-A-Person test, Developmental Test of Visual Motor
Integration (VMI), and Evaluation Tool of Children’s
Handwriting (ETCH) were administered before and after each
phase. Over 12 weeks, the participants exhibited significant
improvement on the Sensory Profile, increasing a mean of 71
points. Parents reported improvements in their children’s
behaviors related to sensory processing. Scores on the VMI
visual and ETCH legibility scales also improved more during
the therapeutic listening phase. Therapeutic listening
combined with a sensory diet appears effective in improving
behaviors related to sensory processing in children with SPD
and visual-motor impairments.
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