Prevalence of sensory integrative dysfunction in the childhood cancer population
Results from assessment on the SIPT and sensory profile were discussed with reference to earlier studies and available literature on long term effects of childhood cancer treatment and literature on sensory processing disorders. SIPT SD scores in domains of function, as determined by the grouping of SIPT tests were discussed. The scores obtained by members of the study population receiving chemotherapy documented in previous studies and the literature review was discussed in each domain of function. The prevalence of members of the study population in each SIPT diagnostic group was discussed, with the most prevalent disorders being visuo- and somatodyspraxia and generalised sensory integrative disorder. No conclusive results were obtained in analysis of scores in partial patterns of sensory processing disorders. Behavioural observations made in testing were indicative of difficulties with modulation of sensory information, specifically in the tactile sense, and inability to cope with demands of testing. Clinical observations made indicate inadequate vestibular and proprioceptive processing, and the possible functional implication of this is discussed. The hand function, bilateral hand skill test performance and observations made in the behaviour and test scores of members of the study population receiving chemotherapy through peripheral lines is discussed.