Special Issue Paper
A case study of a five-year-old child with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified using sound-based interventions
Article first published online: 16 FEB 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Occupational Therapy International
Special Issue: Occupational Therapy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 25–43, March 2009
How to Cite
Nwora, A. J. and Gee, B. M. (2009), A case study of a five-year-old child with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified using sound-based interventions. Occup. Ther. Int., 16: 25–43. doi: 10.1002/oti.263
- Issue published online: 16 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 16 FEB 2009
- case study;
- developmental disability;
- pediatric occupational therapy;
- The Listening Program
The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of The Listening Program (TLP) in treating a child with pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Using a single-subject case study design, one child with PDD-NOS was administered a 20-week TLP intervention focused on improving sensory processing and language function. Data collection included pre- and post-evaluations using video footage, and Sensory Profile and Listening Checklist questionnaires. Results of the study indicated improved behaviour and sensory tolerance in the post-intervention video footage, including active participation in singing and movements to song. Sensory Profile and Listening Checklist questionnaires indicated significant improvements in sensory processing, receptive/expressive listening and language, motor skills, and behavioural/social adjustment at the post-intervention assessment. Although small in scope, this study highlights the need for continued research by occupational therapists into sound-based interventions. Particularly, occupational therapists need to perform larger-scale studies utilizing TLP to verify the efficacy of this alternative treatment method. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.