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Current Sensory Based Interventions for Autism: The Evidence

Current Sensory Based Interventions for Autism: The Evidence
Alison Lane, Ph.D., OTR/L, Chelsea Hetrick, B.S.
March 28, 2012



Alison Lane:  We are excited to be here today and share some of the information that primarily Chelsea has been working on with me over the last year.  I thought I would start by telling you a little bit about our work here at the Ohio State University.  Our lab is called the SenSA Laboratory which stands for Sensory motor Signs of Autism. 

alison lane

Alison Lane, Ph.D., OTR/L


Dr Alison Lane is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at The Ohio State University. Prior to taking up a faculty position, Alison held positions as the director of occupational therapy services at Denver Children’s Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Alison is particularly interested in developing the evidence base for occupational therapy in pediatric practice and is the principal investigator on research projects related to the contribution of sensory processing and motor function to the emergence and manifestation of autism in young children. As a former manager of clinical services, Alison is committed to supporting practitioners to develop their practice as evidence-based OTs. 

chelsea hetrick

Chelsea Hetrick, B.S.


Chelsea Hetrick is a second year graduate student receiving her Masters of Occupational Therapy at The Ohio State University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sports Studies at Miami University of Ohio. She recently completed a research specialization in autism, which involved assisting with research in ERP and behavior analysis, completing a literature review of current sensory treatments, and contributing to a literature review of autism endophenotypes. She presented at an Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA) workshop in October 2011 regarding current sensory integration therapies for children with autism. She has worked with children diagnosed with autism in a variety of settings including volunteering as a summer camp counselor at a play therapy clinic and assisting with individual occupational therapy intervention at an outpatient clinic. 

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