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Children with sensory processing (SP) challenges find simple classroom tasks overwhelming and can present with deficits in behavior management, emotional regulation, and occupations due to the inability to self-regulate the sensory input from their environment. In addition, deficits in SP may impact a child's ability to maintain engagement and participation in the learning process. If these SP needs are not met through the school, the child lacks the adequate tools to be successful in learning, which is considered occupational injustice (AOTA, 2020). By providing teachers with the adequate educational tools to understand sensory processing and sensory integration (SP-SI), identify and access SP needs, and implement recommended strategies/accommodations; they will be able to effectively meet the SP needs of their students. The projected outcome for this project is to increase occupational performance, occupational participation, and the well-being of students with SP deficits, by creating an educational tool to increase their teachers' knowledge on the topic of SP-SI. Purpose: To create an educational guidebook for teachers on SP-SI, that will provide them with the knowledge to assess and assist students who have SP challenges.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Sensory processing, Sensory integration, Occupational therapy, Teachers
Medical Subject Headings
Child, Emotional regulation, Students, School, Perceptions
Educational Methods | Occupational Therapy
Stanley, K., Boykin, K., & Woolley, H. (2023, October 1). A Occupational Therapy Guidebook for Teachers on Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2023/12