Sensory-Based Intervention for Children with Behavioral Problems: A Systematic Review

Farahiyah Wan Yunus, Karen P.Y. Liu (Corresponding Author), Michelle Bissett, Stefania Penkala

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Sensory-based intervention is a common approach used to address behavioral problems in children. Types of sensory-based intervention for children and details of the intervention effectiveness have not been systematically examined. This review examined the effectiveness and ideal types of sensory-based interventions for children with behavioral problems. Searching seven databases, a total of 132 studies were identified; 14 met the selection criteria and were reviewed. Seven of the studies were tactile-based interventions, four were proprioceptive-based intervention and three were vestibular-based interventions. Tactile-based interventions such as massage therapy were the most promising intervention in reducing behavioral problems. However, evidence concerning the effectiveness of sensory-based interventions remains unclear. More research is required for determining the appropriate intervention for children with behavioral problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3565-3579
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral problems
  • Children
  • Proprioceptive
  • Sensory-based intervention
  • Tactile
  • Vestibular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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