This weekend we bring you a study conducted by IAN (Interactive Autism Network)- on families on the accessibility of these treatments, and if they have been successful for them.
Interesting enough, out of 2,400 IAN families using occupational therapy, 64% reported using OT alone while 36% reported using at least one sensory integration technique in conjunction. Furthermore, 200 families mentioned using one or more of the sensory integration techniques without using OT at all.
We at T.Ware feels that sensory integration techniques are extremely beneficial for the individuals and that it should be more widely accepted and researched into, the stats above just do no justice to SI techniques.
What is shocking after is the results expected before:
And this is after:
With over 89% of families reporting that the symptoms improved and 86% of the families who experienced improvement had seen a significant amount of improvement.
We believe that as much as you need OT treatments, SI treatments play a complimentary part which do have a high chance of providing beneficial effects.
What are your thoughts? would you use just OT alone or do you believe in SI as much as we do? :)
Read more from the original article: http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/ian-research-findings-occupational-therapy
*Tables are taken from the above link
T.Ware believes that the T.Jacket is beneficial for individuals with sensory issues, and with more research being explored on deep touch pressure, we are more than happy to share it with our audience!
Sylvia L.G. et al. published their study in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice vol. 20 January 2014 on a patient with comorbid anxiety undergoing deep touch pressure therapy for the exploration of using it as an adjunctive treatment.
The response towards the treatment was positive. Interesting to note, the patient had employed such deep touch pressure strategies on her own before the trial, but without the knowledge that the actions she did was categorized into deep touch pressure therapy.
The patient eventually benefited from the 4 months treatment plan, obtained a higher GAF (Global Assessment of Functioning) score, and could get to work punctually more frequently, as well as meet other social obligations!
Sylvia L.G. et al. also supports that deep touch pressure can produce a calming effect on individuals who have sensory issues, such as those with autism and ADHD.
What is interesting from these findings are that deep touch pressure would incite a calming effect and produce virtually no adverse effects, especially if the deep touch pressure is self-administered and introduced gradually.
Reference: Sylvia LG, Shesler LW, Peckham AD, et al. Adjunctive deep touch pressure for comorbid anxiety in bipolar disorder: mediated by control of sensory input? J Psychiatr Pract 2014 Jan; 20(1):71-7.
We at T.Ware will like to end the week with some inspiring news for all our readers!
Mike Brannigan, considerably one of the best runners in his school is going for greater heights with more than 200 colleges reaching out to him, and this was despite the doctor's prediction that he would need special care and education. We definitely feel great knowing that this kid has pushed on with his running dreams and gone far developing as a person as well. Read on to find out more :)
Today we meet Sam, T.Ware's electrical engineer. We're giving him questions designed to get the 'most' out of him. With a never say die attitude and funny without trying to be, we hope you enjoy meeting Sam!
Most embarrassing moment
A system that I created alone during an internship crashed, and I couldn't figure out and explain why.
Most yummy meal
In Lanzhong (a city in China), I had a rack of lamb which was boiled. The lamb was very tender. It didn't even have sauce, no salt and pepper. Just plain lamb. It was amazing.
Most heartbreaking movie
The Dark Knight, because doing good counted for nothing/niceness did not pay off.
Most gruelling adventure
My adventure was school related. One term in school, I took 5 project based electrical engineering related modules. When the due dates were coming up, I had very very little sleep for 2-3 days. Me: did you do well that semester? Sam: No. haha
Most favourite vacation spot
Jiuzhaigou. I stayed at the hostel that was located right outside Jiuzhaigou. I want to go back again definitely.
Most knowledgable friend
Me: Don't tell me Sep. Sam: I was going to say Sep. I can't think of others (laughs)
Most desired superpower
I want to make copies of myself so that I can accomplish more things. (laughs)
Most proud moment
Right after my most gruelling semester, I felt super proud of myself that I managed to survive it, even though it was my worst semester ever.
This week we bring you new insight on the research of Autism. As presented in this article, researchers have found that brains with autism fail to trim synapses as they develop, and are testing out drugs on mice to further improve on it. It is still years from developing a clinically safe drug for human consumption, but this new breakthrough would mean a lot, especially when research on Autism is definitely gaining traction.