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World J Clin Cases. Mar 6, 2024; 12(7): 1260-1271
Published online Mar 6, 2024. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v12.i7.1260
Effectiveness of sensory integration therapy in children, focusing on Korean children: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Seri Oh, Jong-Sik Jang, A-Ra Jeon, Geonwoo Kim, Mihwa Kwon, Bahoe Cho, Narae Lee
Seri Oh, Geonwoo Kim, Department of Occupational Therapy, Kangwon National University Graduate School, Samcheok 25949, South Korea
Jong-Sik Jang, Department of Occupational Therapy, Kangwon National University, Samcheok 25949, South Korea
A-Ra Jeon, Department of Occupational Therapy, Ju-Ju Children Development Center, Nonsan-si 32985, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Mihwa Kwon, Department of Occupation Therapy, Suwon Women’s University, Gyeonggi-do 16632, South Korea
Bahoe Cho, Hijam Center for Development of Children, Ochang 28117, South Korea
Narae Lee, Department of Occupational Therapy, U1 University, Chung-cheong bukdo 25949, South Korea
Author contributions: Oh S is the first and main author, and wrote the overall paper; Lee N is the corresponding author, wrote the introduction, discussions, and methods, and is responsible for general contact on the paper; Jang JS, Jeon AR, Kim G, Kwon M and Cho B revised and supplemented the manuscript, and wrote and edited the article on methods, results, and references.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All the authors report no relevant conflicts of interest for this article.
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Corresponding author: Narae Lee, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, U1 University, (29131) 310 Daehak-ro, Yeongdong-eup, Yeongdong-gun, Chung-cheong bukdo 25949, South Korea.
Received: December 6, 2023
Peer-review started: December 6, 2023
First decision: December 22, 2023
Revised: December 27, 2023
Accepted: January 27, 2024
Article in press: January 27, 2024
Published online: March 6, 2024
Core Tip

Core Tip: This study conducted a meta-analysis to prove the effectiveness of sensory integration therapy, to examine the latest trends in domestic sensory integration studies, and to provide clinical evidence for sensory integration therapy. A meta-analysis was conducted on 24 selected studies. Sensory integration therapy has been proven effective in children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental disorder, and intellectual disabilities in relation to the diagnosis of children. Sensory integration therapy was most effective in 1:1 individual treatment with the therapist, or a treatment session that lasted 40 min. In terms of dependent variables, sensory integration therapy effectively promoted sociality, adaptive behavior, sensory processing, total amount of exercise, and fine motor ability.