Date of Award
Master of Science
Dr. Ben Atchison
Dr. Richard Cooper
Dr. Yvette Hyter
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The purpose of this research project was to determine whether children who are experiencing traumatic stress reaction to childhood neglect· or abuse demonstrate sensory processing disorders. It was hypothesized that since neurodevelopment has been disrupted in children who have been exposed to trauma or neglect, sensory processing abilities may also be disrupted.
The Sensory Profile, a judgment-based caregiver questionnaire, provides a standard method to measure a child's sensory processing abilities and to profile the effect of sensory processing on a child's functional performance. A convenience sample of 25 children, with documented traumatic stress reaction due to abuse and/or neglect, was evaluated.
The results were scored and interpreted according to the classification system of the Sensory Profile: typical performance, probable difference, and definite difference. Results indicated 80% of the children who are experiencing traumatic stress reaction were reported by caregivers to have difficulties with sensory processing.
Viviano, Ann K., "The Incidence of Caregiver Reported Sensory Processing Disorders in Children Who Are Experiencing Traumatic Stress Reaction" (2001). Master's Theses. 4692.