Sensory processing and behaviour profiling of neurotypical children

Paulsen, Tamryn
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This study investigated the sensory processing and behaviour profiles of 138 neurotypically developing children aged between six and ten years. A cross-section quantitative descriptive approach explored correlations between sensory processing and behaviour. Parents completed a demographic questionnaire and teachers completed The Sensory Processing Measure and Conners 3 rating scales. The majority of participants presented with typical sensory processing and behavioural profiles. A portion of participants presented at risk of occupational dysfunction as a result of atypical profiles. The highest frequencies of dysfunction occurred in three sensory processing systems, namely ‘Social Participation’, ‘Planning and Ideas’, and ‘Balance and Motion’. Results revealed 30.37% of participants met the clinical symptom criteria for atypical Defiance/Aggression, Learning Problems, and ADHD. Of participants, 49.63% presented with one or more atypical anxiety behaviours; and 50.37% presented with one or more depressive behaviours. Moderate positive correlations between certain demographic characteristics, sensory processing profiles and behaviour profiles were observed
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, 2020