Date of Award


Document Status

Open Access

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Shaunna Kelder, DrOT, OTRL


The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) without an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis. Examples of these diagnoses include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy (CP), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). This was an exploratory descriptive study that gathered quantitative data through the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) Home Form. The SPM Home Form was provided by occupational therapy (OT) students and completed by the child’s caregiver. The scores fell into three interpretive ranges: Typical, Some Problems, and Definite Dysfunction. Researchers hypothesized that SPD is equally prevalent in children with diagnoses other than ASD. Individuals that fell into the range of Some Problems or Definite Dysfunction for the total score were categorized as having SPD in this study. The SPM Home-Form was distributed and analyzed on two participants, one with an ADHD diagnosis and one with a PTSD diagnosis. The participant with an ADHD diagnosis was categorized as having SPD while the participant with a diagnosis of PTSD was not categorized as having SPD.

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