Medical Policies - Therapy


Sensory Integration Therapy and Auditory Integration Therapy

Number:THE803.020

Effective Date:07-15-2018

Coverage:

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Sensory integration therapy (SIT) and auditory integration therapy (AIT) are considered experimental, investigational and/or unproven.

NOTE 1: Sensory or auditory integration therapy could be considered a component of cognitive rehabilitation therapy and therefore coverage may be mandated by the Texas legislature. See HCSC medical policy THE803.019 for more information on Cognitive Rehabilitation.

NOTE 2: Sensory or auditory integration therapy may involve the diagnoses of autism, mental retardation/intellectual disability, and learning disabilities which may be subject to legislative mandates for all plans. Please review and apply legislation carefully. See HCSC medical policy PSY301.014 for more information on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Description:

Sensory integration therapy (SIT) has been proposed as a treatment of developmental disorders in patients with established dysfunction of sensory processing, particularly autism spectrum disorder. SIT may be offered by occupational and physical therapists who are certified in SIT. Auditory integration therapy (AIT) uses gradual exposure to certain types of sounds to improve communication in a variety of developmental disorders, particularly autism.

Background

The goal of SIT is to improve the way the brain processes and adapts to sensory information, as opposed to teaching specific skills. Therapy usually involves activities that provide vestibular, proprioceptive, and tactile stimuli, which are selected to match specific sensory processing deficits of the child. For example, swings are commonly used to incorporate vestibular input, while trapeze bars and large foam pillows or mats may be used to stimulate somatosensory pathways of proprioception and deep touch. Tactile reception may be addressed through a variety of activities and surface textures involving light touch.

Treatment sessions are usually delivered in a one-on-one setting by occupational therapists with special training from university curricula, clinical practice, and mentorship in the theory, techniques, and assessment tools unique to SIT. Organizations like Western Psychological Services currently offer certification for SIT. The sessions are often provided as part of a comprehensive occupational therapy or cognitive rehabilitation therapy and may last for more than 1 year.

Auditory integration therapy (AIT; also known as auditory integration training, auditory enhancement training, audio-psycho-phonology) involves having individuals listen to music modified to remove frequencies to which they are hypersensitive, with the goal of gradually increasing exposure to sensitive frequencies. Although several methods of AIT have been developed, the most widely described is the Berard method, which involves 2 half-hour sessions per day separated by at least 3 hours, over 10 consecutive days, during which patients listen to recordings. AIT has been proposed for individuals with a range of developmental and behavioral disorders, including learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Other methods include the Tomatis method, which involves listening to electronically modified music and speech, and Samonas Sound Therapy, which involves listening to filtered music, voices, and nature sounds. (1)

Regulatory Status

SIT is a procedure and, as such, is not subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No devices designed to provide AIT have been cleared for marketing by the FDA.

Rationale:

This medical policy was created in October 2002 and has been updated periodically with searches of the MEDLINE database. The most recent literature update was performed through January 8, 2018.

Medical policies assess the clinical evidence to determine whether the use of a technology improves the net health outcome. Broadly defined, health outcomes are length of life, quality of life, and ability to function--including benefits and harms. Every clinical condition has specific outcomes that are important to patients and to managing the course of that condition. Validated outcome measures are necessary to ascertain whether a condition improves or worsens; and whether the magnitude of that change is clinically significant. The net health outcome is a balance of benefits and harms.

To assess whether the evidence is sufficient to draw conclusions about the net health outcome of a technology, 2 domains are examined: the relevance and the quality and credibility. To be relevant, studies must represent one or more intended clinical use of the technology in the intended population and compare an effective and appropriate alternative at a comparable intensity. For some conditions, the alternative will be supportive care or surveillance. The quality and credibility of the evidence depend on study design and conduct, minimizing bias and confounding that can generate incorrect findings. The randomized controlled trial (RCT) is preferred to assess efficacy; however, in some circumstances, nonrandomized studies may be adequate. RCTs are rarely large enough or long enough to capture less common adverse events and long-term effects. Other types of studies can be used for these purposes and to assess generalizability to broader clinical populations and settings of clinical practice.

Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT)

Schaaf et al. (2014) published an overview of current measurement issues in the area of sensory integration (SI). (2) They proposed several changes to the outcomes used in sensory integration research, as follows:

“Additional measures… to ensure a comprehensive assessment of the sensory and motor factors that may be influencing function and participation”;

“Assessment measures…to address a wider age range”;

Neurophysiologic studies;

“Fidelity to the core principles of SIT”;

“Studies… to evaluate the dosage of therapy to understand the best candidates for intervention and the appropriate intensity and frequency of intervention”;

“Outcomes that are meaningful to clients and sensitive to the changes observed after intervention.”

The Sensory Processing Disorders Scientific Workgroup (2007) has also discussed the methodologic challenges of conducting intervention effectiveness studies of dynamic interactional processes, the lack of scientific evidence to support current practice, and methods for improving the quality of research in this area. (3, 4)

Systematic Reviews

Several systematic reviews have addressed the use of SIT in various clinical conditions. Four of the 6 systematic reviews included in this medical policy pertain to studies evaluating SIT for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), while the other 2 include a broader range of developmental disabilities.

A Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) Assessment (1999) compared the outcomes of sensory SIT with that of standard occupational/physical therapy among children with ASD, cognitive disorders, or learning disabilities. (5) One study identified evaluated the use of SIT in patients with ASD, which was noted to be limited by its lack of a control group. Three studies identified evaluated the use of SIT in patients with cognitive disorders, which were noted to be inconsistent in their results regarding on the superiority of SIT. Eleven studies identified evaluated SIT in patients with learning disabilities or motor delay, including, in total, more than 600 children with learning disability. Studies that used random assignment and blinded assessors suggested that SIT was not superior to conventional therapy and, in many cases, was not even demonstrably superior to any treatment at all.

Case-Smith et al. (2015) updated a systematic review of sensory processing interventions, including SIT, which they defined as clinic-based interventions that use sensory-rich, child-directed activities to improve a child’s adaptive responses to sensory experiences, and sensory-based interventions (defined as adult-directed sensory modalities applied to the child to improve behaviors associated with modulation disorders), for children with ASD with concurrent sensory processing problems. (6) This review was designed to focus on interventions that activate the somatosensory and vestibular systems for patients with ASD with co-occurring sensory processing problems. Nineteen studies published since 2000 were included, 5 of which evaluated SIT in patients with ASD and sensory processing disorders. Two studies reviewed were RCTs, both were small (n=20 and n=17 in the SIT groups). Reviewers noted that the studies showed low or low-to-moderate effects and concluded that “It is premature to draw conclusions as to whether SIT for children with ASD, which is designed to support a child’s intrinsic motivation and sense of internal control, is ultimately effective.”

Brondino et al. (2015) published a systematic review of complementary and alternative therapies for autism, which included SIT and auditory integration therapy (AIT). (7) Regarding SIT for ASD treatment, reviewers identified 4 trials, including the 2016 RCT reported by Pfeiffer et al. (described below), and additional studies published in 1983, 2008, and 2011, with sample sizes of 18, 30, and 50, respectively. All 4 studies reported significant improvements in autistic core symptoms, including communication, social reciprocity, and motor activity. However, reviewers noted that 2 studies did not use a standardized form of SIT, and 2 did not use standardized outcome measures.

Also, Watling and Hauer (2015) published a systematic review of Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) and sensory-based interventions for individuals with ASD. (8) Reviewers described ASI as a play-based method that “uses active engagement in sensory-rich activities to elicit the child’s adaptive responses and improve the child’s ability to successfully perform and meet environmental challenges.” The therapy is individualized by the therapist in response to an initial assessment. Sensory-based interventions are described as “applying adult-directed sensory modalities to the child with the aim of producing a short-term effect on self-regulation, attention, or behavioral organization.” Twenty-three articles met reviewers’ inclusion criteria, 3 of which were systematic reviews and 5 of which were RCTs. Overall, 4 studies evaluated ASI and the remaining 18 evaluated sensory-based interventions. Of the 4 studies evaluating ASI, 3 were RCTs, including the trials by Pfeiffer et al. and Schaaf et al. (described below). Findings from 1 RCT included significant improvement in individualized goals, improved sleep, decreased ASD mannerisms, and reduced caregiver burden.

Case-Smith and Arbesman (2008) reviewed the evidence for SIT as part of a systematic review of interventions for ASD used in occupational therapy. (9) Reviewers identified a level-1 study, which was a 2002 systematic review that had found only lower quality evidence (levels III and IV, with small sample sizes and a lack of control groups), suggesting that sensory integration intervention was associated with positive changes in social interaction, purposeful play, and decreased sensitivity. Reviewers concluded: “although each of these studies had positive findings, when combined, the evidence remains weak and requires further study.”

May-Benson and Koomar (2010) published a systematic review of SIT, identifying 27 research studies (13 randomized trials) that met their inclusion criteria. (10) Most studies had been performed in children who had learning or reading disabilities; there were 2 case reports/small series on the effect of SIT in children with ASD. Reviewers concluded that although the sensory integration approach may result in positive outcomes, findings were limited because of small sample sizes, variable intervention dosage, lack of fidelity to interventions, and selection of outcomes that might not be meaningful or might not change with the treatment provided.

Randomized Controlled Trials

Schaaf et al. (2014) reported on results from a randomized trial of a manualized intervention for sensory difficulties in children with ASD. (11) The study enrolled 32 children from a convenience sample of eligible families with children ages 4 to 8 years who had a diagnosis of ASD and demonstrated difficulty processing and integrating sensory information as measured by the Sensory Profile or the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. Subjects were randomized to usual care or to an intervention described as following the principles of ASI. The intervention was delivered by 3 licensed occupational therapists with experience working with children with ASD. The primary outcome was Goal Attainment Scaling, a systematic process for identifying goals relevant to individuals and their families that has been used for evaluation of patients with ASD. Sample goals include, “Improve auditory process as a basis for sleeping through the night without getting out of bed for 7–8 h per night,” and “Decrease oral sensitivity and will try 5 new foods.” Each goal is associated with a scale for level of attainment. For the primary outcome, the intervention group had a significantly higher goal achievement score than the control group (mean, 56.53 [n=17] vs 42.72 [n=14], p=0.003). Change in functional skills did not differ significantly between groups, but intervention group subjects had significantly greater improvements in the 2 subscales of self-care caregiver assistance (p=0.008) and social function caregiver assistance (p=0.039). The groups did not differ in terms of autistic or adaptive behaviors. Strength of this trial were its use of a protocolized intervention and its attempt to use an outcome measure relevant to patients and families. However, replication of this trial in a larger sample of patients is required.

A pilot study by Pfeiffer et al. (2011) randomized 37 children with a sensory processing disorder (21 with ASD, 16 with pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) to sensory integration interventions or to fine motor interventions (18 treatments over 6 weeks). (12) Fidelity to sensory integration interventions was verified with a fidelity measure developed for research by Parham et al. (2007) (4). Blinded evaluation at the conclusion of the intervention found no significant difference between the 2 groups on the Quick Neurological Screening Test (QNST) or sensory processing scores, except for the autistic mannerisms (e.g., stereotyped or self-stimulatory behavior) subscale. The sensory integration group demonstrated greater improvement than the fine motor group on individualized Goal Attainment Scaling scores. Post hoc analysis found that more children in the SIT group were able to complete parts of the standardized QNST after the intervention. This finding is limited by the post hoc analysis and the difference between the groups at baseline.

In 2007, members of the Sensory Processing Disorders Scientific Workgroup reported results from a single-institution randomized pilot study for a proposed multicenter trial. (13) Thirty families agreed to participate over a 3-year period. The children had a clinical diagnosis of sensory modulation disorder following a comprehensive evaluation with standardized and clinical testing (including responses to sensory stimuli, attempts by the child to self-regulate, behavioral disorganization, and somatic responses to the testing situations). The 24 children who began treatment were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups consisting of occupational therapy with sensory integration (2 times per week for 10 weeks, n=7), equivalent activity control sessions (n=10), or a waiting-list control group (n=7). Functional improvements were assessed by 5 validated/standardized parental rating scales. Significant improvements relative to both control groups were obtained for Goal Attainment Scaling. A number of the other outcome measures (Leitner International Performance Scale, Short Sensory Profile, Internalizing on the Child Behavior Checklist) showed trends for improvement.

In a study of 45 children with Down syndrome allocated to 3 treatment groups (SIT alone, vestibular stimulation plus SIT, neurodevelopmental therapy), Uyanik et al. (2003) reported greater improvements in outcomes in the vestibular stimulation plus SIT group and in the neurodevelopmental therapy group than for the SIT-alone group. (14) Outcomes assessed were the Ayres Southern California Sensory Integration Test, Pivot Prone Test, Gravitational Insecurity Test, and Pegboard Test, along with physical assessment. The authors concluded that all methods of treatment should be considered when planning rehabilitation therapies for children with Down syndrome, even though SIT alone was not shown to be superior to the other therapy groups.

Section Summary: Sensory Integration Therapy

The most direct evidence related to outcomes from SIT comes from randomized trials and systematic reviews of these trials. Although certain studies demonstrated some improvements on subsets of the outcomes measured, the studies were limited by small sample sizes, heterogeneous patient populations, and variable outcome measures. As a result, the evidence is not sufficiently robust to draw conclusions about the effects of, and the most appropriate patient populations for, SIT.

Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT)

Although AIT has been proposed as a therapy for a number of neurobehavioral disorders, the largest body of evidence, including systematic reviews, relates to its use in ASD.

A Cochrane review (2011) evaluated AIT along with other sound therapies for ASD. (1) Included were 6 RCTs on AIT and one of Tomatis therapy, comprising a total of 182 subjects (age range, 3 to 39 years). For most trials, the control condition was listening to unmodified music for the same time as the active treatment group. Allocation concealment was inadequate for all studies, and 5 trials had fewer than 20 participants. Meta-analysis could not be conducted. Three studies did not demonstrate any benefit of AIT over control conditions, and 3 studies had outcomes of questionable validity or outcomes that were not statistically significant. Reviewers found no evidence that AIT is an effective treatment for ASD; however, evidence was insufficient to prove that it is not effective.

In a systematic review examining complementary and alternative therapies for ASD, Brondino et al. (2015 [7]; described above), identified the same 6 RCTs of AIT that were included in the 2011 Cochrane review. Like the Cochrane review, Brondino et al. concluded that the largest studies did not report an improvement with AIT.

A 2010 systematic review of therapies for ASD evaluated the evidence for AIT. (15) The reviewer identified a 2002 systematic review (an early version of the 2011 Cochrane review by Sinha et al. previously discussed), which identified no RCTs meeting the author’s inclusion criteria, and no subsequent RCTs or cohort studies comparing AIT with usual care.

Rossignol (2009) conducted a systematic review of novel and emerging treatments for ASD, including AIT. (16) Reviewers identified one 3-month, double-blind, controlled study of AIT in 17 individuals with autism, which demonstrated significant decreases in irritability, stereotypy, hyperactivity, and excessive speech in patients in the AIT group. The study also examined an earlier version of the 2011 Cochrane review by Sinha. Overall, Rossignol concluded that there was grade C evidence related to the use of AIT for ASD.

Section Summary: Auditory Integration Therapy

The largest body of evidence related to the use of AIT related to the treatment of ASD. A 2011 Cochrane review and several earlier systematic reviews generally found that studies of AIT failed to demonstrate meaningful clinical improvements. No subsequent comparative studies of AIT were identified.

Summary of Evidence

For individuals who have developmental disorders who receive sensory integration therapy (SIT), the evidence includes randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews of these trials, and case series. Relevant outcomes are functional outcomes and quality of life. Due to the individualized approach to SIT and the large variation in patients’ disorders, large multicenter RCTs are needed to evaluate the efficacy of this intervention. The most direct evidence on SIT outcomes derives from several small randomized trials. Although some of the trials demonstrated improvements for subsets of outcomes measured, they had small sample sizes, heterogeneous patient populations, and variable outcome measures. The evidence is insufficient to determine the effects of the technology on health outcomes.

For individuals who have developmental disorders who receive auditory integration therapy (AIT), the evidence includes several RCTs and systematic reviews of these trials. Relevant outcomes are functional outcomes and quality of life. For AIT, the largest body of literature relates to its use in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Several systematic reviews of AIT in the treatment of autism found limited evidence to support its use. No comparative studies identified evaluated use of AIT for other conditions. The evidence is insufficient to determine the effects of the technology on health outcomes.

Practice Guidelines and Position Statements

Sensory Integration Therapy

American Academy of Pediatrics

A 2012 policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on sensory integration therapy (SIT) for children with developmental and behavioral disorders states that “[o]ccupational therapy with the use of sensory-based therapies may be acceptable as one of the components of a comprehensive treatment plan. However, parents should be informed that the amount of research regarding the effectiveness of sensory integration therapy is limited and inconclusive.” (17) The AAP indicated that these limitations should be discussed with parents, along with instruction on how to evaluate the effectiveness of a trial period of SIT.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

In 2009, the AOTA stated that “AOTA recognizes SI [sensory integration] as one of several theories and methods used by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants working with children in public and private schools” to improve a child’s “ability to access the general education curriculum” and to participate in school-related activities. (18)

In 2011, AOTA published evidence-based occupational therapy practice guidelines for children and adolescents with challenges in sensory processing and sensory integration. (19) AOTA gave a level C recommendation for SIT for individual functional goals for children, for parent-centered goals, and for participation in active play in children with sensory processing disorder, and to address play skills and engagement in children with autism. A level C recommendation is based on “…weak evidence that the intervention can improve outcomes, and the balance of the benefits and harms may result either in a recommendation that occupational therapy practitioners routinely provide the intervention … or in no recommendation because the balance of the benefits and harm is too close to justify a general recommendation.” Specific performance skills evaluated were motor and praxis skills, sensory-perceptual skills, emotional regulation, and communication and social skills. There was insufficient evidence to recommend SIT for academic and psychoeducational performance (e.g., math, reading, written performance).

Auditory Integration Therapy

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

In 2004, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association issued a report on auditory integration therapy. (20) The Association concluded that “Despite approximately one decade of practice in this country, this method has not met scientific standards for efficacy and safety that would justify its inclusion as a mainstream treatment for these disorders.”

American Academy of Pediatrics

In 1998, the Academy issued a statement on auditory integration therapy and facilitated communication for autism spectrum disorder, which concluded: “Currently available information does not support the claims of proponents that these treatments are efficacious. Their use does not appear warranted at this time, except within research protocols.” (21)

Ongoing and Unpublished Clinical Trials

Some currently unpublished trials that might influence this review are listed in Table 1.

Table 1. Summary of Key Trials

NCT No.

Trial Name

Planned Enrollment

Completion Date

Ongoing

NCT02536365

Sensory Integration Therapy in Autism: Mechanisms and Effectiveness

180

Oct 2020

NCT: national clinical trial.

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Coding:

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CPT/HCPCS/ICD-9/ICD-10 Codes

The following codes may be applicable to this Medical policy and may not be all inclusive.

CPT Codes

97533

HCPCS Codes

None

ICD-9 Diagnosis Codes

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ICD-9 Procedure Codes

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ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes

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ICD-10 Procedure Codes

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Medicare Coverage:

The information contained in this section is for informational purposes only. HCSC makes no representation as to the accuracy of this information. It is not to be used for claims adjudication for HCSC Plans.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does not have a national Medicare coverage position. Coverage may be subject to local carrier discretion.

A national coverage position for Medicare may have been developed since this medical policy document was written. See Medicare's National Coverage at <http://www.cms.hhs.gov>.

References:

1. Sinha Y, Silove N, Hayen A, et al. Auditory integration training and other sound therapies for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011; (12):CD003681. PMID 22161380

2. Schaaf RC, Burke JP, Cohn E, et al. State of measurement in occupational therapy using sensory integration. Am J Occup Ther. Sep-Oct 2014; 68(5):e149-153. PMID 25184475

3. Mailloux Z, May-Benson TA, Summers CA, et al. Goal attainment scaling as a measure of meaningful outcomes for children with sensory integration disorders. Am J Occup Ther. Mar-Apr 2007; 61(2):254-259. PMID 17436848

4. Parham LD, Cohn ES, Spitzer S, et al. Fidelity in sensory integration intervention research. Am J Occup Ther. Mar-Apr 2007; 61(2):216-227. PMID 17436844

5. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center (TEC). Sensory integration therapy. TEC Assessment. 1999; Volume 14, Tab 22.

6. Case-Smith J, Weaver LL, Fristad MA. A systematic review of sensory processing interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism. Feb 2015; 19(2):133-148. PMID 24477447

7. Brondino N, Fusar-Poli L, Rocchetti M, et al. Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015; 2015:258589. PMID 26064157

8. Watling R, Hauer S. Effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration(R) and Sensory-Based Interventions for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review. Am J Occup Ther. Sep-Oct 2015; 69(5): PMID 26356655

9. Case-Smith J, Arbesman M. Evidence-based review of interventions for autism used in or of relevance to occupational therapy. Am J Occup Ther. Jul-Aug 2008; 62(4):416-429. PMID 18712004

10. May-Benson TA, Koomar JA. Systematic review of the research evidence examining the effectiveness of interventions using a sensory integrative approach for children. Am J Occup Ther. May-Jun 2010; 64(3):403-414. PMID 20608272

11. Schaaf RC, Benevides T, Mailloux Z, et al. An intervention for sensory difficulties in children with autism: a randomized trial. J Autism Dev Disord. Jul 2014; 44(7):1493-1506. PMID 24214165

12. Pfeiffer BA, Koenig K, Kinnealey M, et al. Effectiveness of sensory integration interventions in children with autism spectrum disorders: a pilot study. Am J Occup Ther. Jan-Feb 2011; 65(1):76-85. PMID 21309374

13. Miller LJ, Coll JR, Schoen SA. A randomized controlled pilot study of the effectiveness of occupational therapy for children with sensory modulation disorder. Am J Occup Ther. Mar-Apr 2007; 61(2):228-238. PMID 17436845

14. Uyanik M, Bumin G, Kayihan H. Comparison of different therapy approaches in children with Down syndrome. Pediatr Int. Feb 2003; 45(1):68-73. PMID 12654073

15. Parr J. Autism. Clin Evid, Jan 7 2010; 2010. PMID 21729335

16. Rossignol DA. Novel and emerging treatments for autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review. Ann Clin Psychiatry. Oct-Dec 2009; 21(4):213-236. PMID 19917212

17. Zimmer M, Desch L. Sensory integration therapies for children with developmental and behavioral disorders. Pediatrics. Jun 2012; 129(6):1186-1189. PMID 22641765

18. Roley SS, Bissell J, Clark GF. Providing occupational therapy using sensory integration theory and methods in school-based practice. Am J Occup Ther. Nov-Dec 2009; 63(6):823-842. PMID 20092120

19. Watling R, Koenig KP, Davies PL, et al. Occupational therapy practice guidelines for children and adolescents with challenges in sensory processing and sensory integration. Bethesda, MD: American Occupational Therapy Association Press; 2011.

20. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Auditory integration training [Technical Report]. 2004; Available at: <http://www.asha.org> (accessed February 16, 2018).

21. Committee on Children with Disabilities. Auditory integration training and facilitated communication for autism. Pediatrics. August 1, 1998 1998; 102(2):431-433.

22. Sensory Integration Therapy and Auditory Integration Therapy. Chicago, Illinois: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Medical Policy Reference Manual (2018 March) Therapy 8.03.13.

Policy History:

DateReason
7/15/2018 Document updated with literature review. Coverage unchanged. No new references added.
7/15/2017 Reviewed. No changes.
11/1/2016 Document updated with literature review. Auditory integration therapy added to the coverage statement as an experimental, investigational, and/or unproven therapy. Title changed from Sensory Integration Therapy.
1/1/2015 Reviewed. No changes
3/1/2013 Document updated with literature review. Coverage unchanged. This document is no longer scheduled for routine literature review and update.
12/1/2010 Document updated with literature review. Coverage unchanged.
9/1/2008 Revised/updated entire document
4/15/2006 Revised/updated entire document
10/1/2002 New medical document

Archived Document(s):

Title:Effective Date:End Date:
Sensory Integration Therapy and Auditory Integration Therapy07-15-201707-14-2018
Sensory Integration Therapy and Auditory Integration Therapy11-01-201607-14-2017
Sensory Integration Therapy01-01-201510-31-2016
Sensory Integration Therapy03-01-201312-31-2014
Sensory Integration Therapy12-01-201002-28-2013
Sensory Integration Therapy09-01-200811-30-2010
Sensory Integration Therapy04-15-200608-31-2008
Sensory Integration Therapy10-01-200204-14-2006
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