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

Fax: 617.627.3722
Teresa A. May-Benson

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

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

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.