Continuous evidence shows that deaf students are not gaining the same knowledge and skills from the education system that hearing children are receiving. This deficit has several different causes. One suspected cause is that the sensory needs of deaf children are not being met. In this paper, the author is examining how using sensory input through occupational therapy with children who are deaf or hard of hearing may facilitate a better learning environment and therefore improve deaf education. First, research was conducted to see what literature there was to support the belief that deaf children would benefit from occupational therapy services. When the findings came back inconclusive, a one-on-one interview was conducted with an occupational therapist who works at the state deaf school. The results from the interview raised several questions and was able to create a path for further research.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-11-2015


Kathy Splinter-Watkins

Mentor Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occupational Therapy