Major

Exercise Science - PrePhysical Therapy

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Education

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that can affect communication and behavior. In children a sensory diet is utilized in order to address these issues. Research has been completed over the years looking into the effects of different sensory integrations on classroom behavior and participation. This is a comparison study of various integrations including, but not limited to, vestibular swinging, therapy balls, and therapy cushions. It is often up to an Occupational Therapist to create a sensory diet for each student on a caseload. The purpose of this study was to discover if there is one treatment that can be utilized as a generalized integration for all students suffering with classroom behavior and/or on the Autism Spectrum. This would then allow for a baseline sensory diet for therapists to utilize while developing a rapport with the students. This would especially be helpful when maintaining a larger case load or when appointments are short. It would allow for sensory integrations to begin prior to testing and observations in order to aid in correcting classroom behaviors earlier, limiting missed content throughout the school year.

Research Sponsor

Laura Richardson, PhD, ACSM-RCEP

First Reader

Melissa Smith, M.S., CHES

Second Reader

Stephanie Davis-Dieringer, M.S.

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