Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Sensory Paths are sensory motor-based interventions that will provide opportunities for teachers to incorporate structured movement into the natural classroom routine, such as before circle time, to help the children in their classes be ready for learning by increasing attention and decreasing out of seat events.
This single subject A-B-A design project, rooted in the Ecology of Human Performance framework, explored providing structured sensory motor-based opportunities prior to circle time throughout the classroom day to decrease interfering behaviors in the classroom, such as out of seat behaviors and improve attention during circle time.
The results indicate that the Sensory Paths had a positive effect on out of seat events in preschool children with special needs ages three through five. Of the five children who were able to participate in the full study, all demonstrated a decrease in out of seat events as well as therapeutic deceleration from Phase A1 to week 1 of Phase B1.
The participants demonstrated a decrease in out of seat events as compared to their baseline with the application of the Sensory Path intervention. Teachers reported the Sensory Paths were easy to implement and were an effective classroom intervention.
Camille Skubik-Peplaski PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Jennifer Hight, OTD
Shirley O’Brien PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2021 Teresa Ludwig
Ludwig, Teresa, "Get the Wiggles Out: Sensory Paths a Motor-based Intervention to Decrease Out-of-Seat Events in Preschool Children with Special Needs." (2021). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 80.
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