Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sensory Integration, and Aquatic Therapy: A Scoping Review

Bethany Herold, Alex Stanley, Kristina Oltrogge, Tonices Alberto, Phillip Shackelford, Elizabeth Hunter, Jason Hughes

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The prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to increase. Symptomology of PTSD include sensory deficits much like those displayed in children with sensory integration (SI) disorder. The aim of this scoping review is to review symptoms of PTSD and SI, and make a case of how aquatic therapy may be an effective modality in treating clients with PTSD. Eighteen articles were selected for review. From this review, it is suggested that aquatic therapy can be an effective modality in reducing symptoms of PTSD; however, future research is essential in determining its effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-399
Number of pages8
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • aquatic
  • sensory
  • water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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