Date of Award


Document Status

Open Access

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Shaunna Kelder, DrOT, OTRL


Due to the high prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), there is a high demand for more research on effective interventions in order to improve quality of life and engagement in meaningful occupations for individuals with ASD and/or SPD. Sensory Diet (SD) and Therapeutic Listening © (TL) are interventions commonly utilized with individuals with ASD and/or SPD, however, there is limited research on their combined use. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the combined occupational therapy (OT) interventions of SD and TL on the occupational performance of children with ASD and SPD. Four participant responses were obtained and analyzed to provide a caregiver perspective on how the combined interventions improved their child’s occupational performance. Findings indicated that a TL and SD combined intervention resulted in improvement in three occupational areas: dressing, social participation, and participation in formal education. A positive correlation was identified between length and intensity of treatment and occupational improvement. These findings are consistent with previous research findings on the SD and TL as a combined intervention. This research provides insights and implications for future research on occupational therapy interventions for children with ASD and/or SPD.

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