Chi-Kwan Shea, Ph.D., OTR/LRobyn Wu OTD, OTR/L, BCP
The purpose of this study is to use Dunn’s model of sensory processing to investigate the sensory profiles of youth participating in a community-based occupational therapy pre-employment program. The youth participants had been involved in the juvenile justice system and were placed on probation. The study analyzed data from the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile (AASP) questionnaires (Brown & Dunn, 2002) completed by 79 youth participants. Analysis of the participants’ scores on the AASP showed statistically significant differences from the norm in two quadrants; the delinquent youth scored lower in Sensation Seeking and higher in Sensation Avoiding. The delinquent youth participants demonstrated a high prevalence of atypical sensory processing patterns. Implications for further investigation and practice are discussed.
Shea, C., & Wu, R. (2012). Examining the Sensory Profiles of At-Risk Youth Participating in a Pre-employment Program. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1027