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Clinical Trials & Interprofessional Research – FAQ

Presented are on-going studies involving collaboration among two or more WesternU programs. If you are interested in participating in these studies, please contact the primary investigator.

 

Physical Therapy, Optometry, Podiatric Medicine – Sensory Processing Disorders

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) occurs in 40-88% of children who are diagnosed with some type of disability (Ahn, et al., 2004). Many children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability, and/or autism exhibit SPD. Sensory experiences include touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound, taste, and smell. When there is a problem with processing sensory information, the parent or teacher may notice a number of issues in learning, motor development, or behavior in the child.

This study explores differences in balance, walking, and vision between children with and without SPD. An interprofessional approach to investigating these three factors includes physical therapy, optometry, and podiatric medicine. By confirming the relationships between these three factors to SPD and autism, we can identify specific areas for interventions to address balance, walking, and/or visual skill deficits.

The aim of this study is to identify the specific aspects of balance, walking, and vision that can differentiate children with SPD, autism, and typical development. Children receive free testing using specialized equipment for measuring balance, assessing walking patterns, and eye exams. Parents are interviewed regarding their child’s responses to sensory stimuli using the Short Sensory Profile.

Reference: Ahn R.R., Miller L.J., Milberger S., & McIntosh D.N. (2004). Prevalence of parents’ perceptions of sensory processing disorders among kindergarten children. American Journal Occupational Therapy, 58, 287-293.

If you have a child between the ages of 7 and 11 years old and would like to participate in this study please contact Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD at 909-706-8423 or email drbentley@westernu.edu

Investigators: Dayle Armstrong, DPT, MS; Diane Koshimune, DPM, MS; Donna Redman-Bentley, PT, PhD (PI); Kristy Remick-Waltman, OD, FCOVD; Jacqueline Truong, DPM, MPH; Kim Walker, OD, FCOVD

This research was approved by the WesternU IRB, protocol #13/IRB/074.