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Jessica Harney
Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of Occupational
Therapy
574 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

Fax: 617.627.3722
Email
Teresa A. May-Benson
ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Lecturer

Education:
ScD, Boston University (Therapeutic Studies)
MS, Boston University (Occupational Therapy)
BS, Ohio State University (Occupational Therapy)

Expertise:
Occupational therapy, sensory integration and praxis in adults and children, pediatrics, autism and developmental disabilities, test development, research methods and evidence-based practice

Scholarship/Research:
I study aspects of occupational therapy practice related to the use of the sensory integration frame of reference in clinical settings with children and adults with varied diagnoses. I have developed several assessments to examine various areas of sensory integration dysfunction. I am also interested in conducting research which supports the evidence-based practice of occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach.

Selected Publications:

  • May-Benson, T.A. (2015). Adult/Adolescent Sensory History - User's Manual. Newton, MA: Spiral Foundation 
  • May-Benson, T.A., et al. (2014). Inter-Rater Reliability and Discriminative Validity of the Structural Elements of the Ayres Sensory Integration® Intervention Fidelity Measure©. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • May-Benson, T.A. (2014). Praxis Disorders. In Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism. Carolyn Murray-Slutsky & Betty A. Paris (Ed.) Austin, TX: Hammill Institute on Disabilities.
  • Gill, S. V., May-Benson, T. A., Teasdale, A., & Munsell, E. G. (2013). Birth and developmental correlates of birth weight in a sample of children with potential sensory processing disorder. BMC Pediatrics, 13(1), 29.
  • Cohn, E., May-Benson, T., & Teasdale, A. (2011).  The Relationship Between Behaviors Associated With Sensory Processing and Parental Sense of Competence. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, Health. DOI: 10.3928/15394492-20110304-01.
  • Parham, L. D., Roley, S. S., May-Benson, T. A., Koomar, J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J. P., Cohn, E, S., Mailloux, Z., Miller, L., Schaaf, R. C., et al. (2011). Development of a Fidelity Measure for Research on Effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration ® Intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65:133-142; doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.000745.
  • May-Benson, T. A., & Koomar, J. A. (2010). Evidenced-Based Systematic Review of the Efficacy of Sensory Integrative Intervention for Children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.64(3), 403-414; doi:10.5014/ajot.2010.09071.
  • May-Benson, T. (2010).  Praxis and play in children with autism. In Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Watling, R. Eds, Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach (3rd Ed.). Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • May-Benson, T.A., Koomar, J.A., and Teasdale, A. (2009). Incidence of pre-, peri-, and post-natal birth and developmental problems of children with sensory processing disorder and children with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers of Integrative Neuroscience, 3(31).
  • May-Benson, T. & Cermak, S. (2007). Development of an Assessment for Ideational Praxis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 148-153.
  • May-Benson, T. & Koomar, J.  (2007). Identifying Gravitational Insecurity in Children.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 142-147.
  • Mailloux, Z., May-Benson, T., et al. (2007). The Issue Is:  Goal Attainment Scaling as a Measure of Meaningful Outcomes for Children with Sensory Integration Disorders.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61, 254-259.
  • May-Benson, T. (2001).  A Theoretical Model of Ideation.  In Blanche, E, Schaaf, R. and Smith Roley, S., (Eds.). Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations. Therapy Skill Builders.