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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44-49

A randomised control trial to evaluate the effectiveness of sensory integration therapy on motor activity amongst children with intellectual disability

1 Professor, MIMS College of Nursing, Malappuram, Kerala, India
2 M.Sc Nursing Student, MIMS College of Nursing, Malappuram, Kerala, India
3 Associate Professor, MIMS College of Nursing, Malappuram, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. T M Assuma Beevi
MIMS College of Nursing, Puthukode Post, Malappuram - 673 633, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCN.IJCN_45_20

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Children with intellectual disability across the world are facing several issues. In most situations, they have problems in motor activities such as sitting, lying, walking, jumping and crawling. Many therapies have been researched for improving the quality of life of these children. Sensory integration therapy (SIT) is one of the many therapeutic modalities used for promoting motor activity in these children. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of SIT on motor activity amongst children with intellectual disability. A randomised control trial design was adopted for the study. Sixty children who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were selected and randomly allocated to the experimental and control groups. A structured observational checklist for motor activity assessment was used to collect the data and analysed using SPSS software version 17. The results of the study revealed a significant improvement (P < 0.01) in the level of motor activity amongst children in the experimental group after SIT. SIT is found to be effective in improving the motor activity of children with intellectual disability. However, the study can be replicated with large samples to enable generalisation of findings.

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