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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 capstone project 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
Medical Subject Headings
Teacher Training, Occupational Therapy, Problem Behavior, Sensation Disorders, Students
Child Psychology | Occupational Therapy | Teacher Education and Professional Development
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). Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, Summer 2020. 7.