The Efficiency of Sensory Integration Interventions in Preterm Infants

PEKÇETİN S., AKI E. , Ustunyurt Z., KAYIHAN H.

PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS, cilt.123, sa.2, ss.411-423, 2016 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 123 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1177/0031512516662895
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.411-423


This study aimed to explore the effects of individualized sensory integration interventions on the sensory processing functions of preterm infants. Thirty-four preterm infants (intervention group) at a corrected age of seven months and 34 term infants (control group) were included. The preterm infants underwent an eight-week sensory integration intervention. Before and after the intervention, the preterm infants' sensory processing functions were evaluated using the Test of Sensory Functions in Infants and compared with those of term infants. Preterm infants had significantly poorer sensory processing function preintervention when compared with term infants. There was a significant improvement in preterm infants' sensory processing functions after the sensory integration intervention. In conclusion, preterm infants should be evaluated for sensory processing disorders and individualized sensory integration interventions should be implemented.