Occupational Therapy’s Role in Addressing Sensory Deficits in Children with Behavioral Health Challenges Through Teacher Training
Sensory processing difficulties have been well-documented in children who have behavioral health challenges. Addressing a child’s sensory processing needs may decrease behaviors that disrupt occupational participation and thus leading to improved learning and better information retention. A review of current literature revealed that teachers who work with children with behavioral health challenges are not required to receive education in addressing sensory deficits in the classroom.
This study performed a needs assessment, exploring current teacher understanding of sensory processing and what role occupational therapy could play in providing training for teachers. The project also generated pertinent online teacher training modules so that teachers may be supported despite the current Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
San Marcos, CA
Medical Subject Headings
Teacher Training, Occupational Therapy, Problem Behavior, Sensation Disorders, Students, Surveys and Questionnnaires, Interviews
Ayres, Devon A.; Cohill, Becki; MacDermott, Susan; and Wilson, Mark, "Occupational Therapy’s Role in Addressing Sensory Deficits in Children with Behavioral Health Challenges Through Teacher Training" (2020). San Marcos, Summer 2020. 7.