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Examining the Sensory Profiles of At-Risk Youth Participating in a Pre-employment Program

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Author(s): Chi-Kwan Shea Ph.D., OTR/L | Robyn Wu OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Journal: Open Journal of Occupational Therapy
ISSN 2168-6408

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: sensory processing | at-risk youth | productive occupation

ABSTRACT
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 studyanalyzed 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.

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