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Is there a connection between a child’s sensory preferences and their learning preference? Sensory processing disorders are a heavily researched topic in current literature and many children with sensory differences present with learning disabilities, but research is lacking concerning any connection between sensory processing and learning. This research study examines children’s sensory preferences and learning preferences and denotes trends between these two variables. 15 participants were recruited from the Accommodated Learning Academy in Grapevine, Texas, a private school for students 1st-12th grade with learning delays. The sample of 15 participants consisted of 12 females and 3 males, aged 11-15 years old, with the average age being 13.3 years. Data on these variables were collected through the Adult/Adolescent Sensory Profile 2 and the Visual Aural Kinesthetic (VAK) Learning Style Self-Assessment Questionnaire. Data analysis showed that the majority of participants presented with a kinesthetic learning preference, participants who had a visual learning preference tended to be visually under-responsive, and of the participants who had a kinesthetic learning preference, none were over-responsive to vestibular/proprioceptive stimuli. Only two of the 15 participants had an auditory learning preference, so data was too limited here to see any sensory preference trends. This data suggests a possible connection between sensory preference and learning preference, but further research is required to find a statistically significant answer to the research question.

Publication Date

Spring 4-14-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Sensory processing, children, learning preference, ADHD, dyslexia

Medical Subject Headings

Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, Adolescent, Students, Self-assessment, Occupational Therapy, Surveys and Questionnaires


Disability and Equity in Education | Educational Methods | Occupational Therapy | Special Education and Teaching


Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, held online April 12-14, 2022.

Sensory Preference and Learning Preference in Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia