Using Home-Program Adherence App in Pediatric Therapy: Case Study of Sensory Processing Disorder

Eynat Gal, Oren Steinberg

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Background: Pediatric therapies adopt a family-centered approach that encourages a caregiver's involvement in therapy. Contextual interventions in the child's natural environment have been effective in generalization of skills and increasing of child participation in daily activities. The use of home programs is common across a variety of conditions, but adherence has been challenging. Apps have been demonstrated to promote medication adherence and physical activity maintenance. Introduction: This study suggested and tested a construct for features required for caregivers' behavioral modification during home programs in pediatric therapy. Materials and Methods: SensoryTreat is an adherence promoting app for home-program treatments of children with sensory processing disorders. The app was evaluated by testing availability of desired features, usage frequency, impact on adherence with home programs, and parental sense of competence. Results: Results suggest a strong significant correlation between SensoryTreat usage frequency and families' adherence with home programs, as well as a strong significant correlation between relevancy and usefulness of SensoryTreat's interventional content, and parental competence and their adherence with home programs. Discussion: Using SensoryTreat twice or more per week increases parental adherence with home programs. Content plays an important role in promoting adherence and parental sense of competence, yet, as usage frequency grows the interventional content habituates, and other features as goal setting and feedback logs have significant impact on parental competence and adherence with home programs over time. Conclusions: These findings indicate that the content and features of SensoryTreat app have the potential to promote adherence of families with pediatric therapy home programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-654
Number of pages6
JournalTelemedicine and e-Health
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


  • Adherence Promotion
  • Home Programs
  • M-Health
  • Pediatric Therapy
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Sensorytreat
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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