Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan


The purpose of this paper is to examine the literature that identifies how the use of sensory integration strategies can positively impact students behavior in the classroom. Students with special needs often demonstrate sensory disruptions that interfere with their ability to learn. These disruptions are often unexpected, uncontrolled, and disrupt not only the the student but other scholars in the learning environment. A student with sensory needs receiving special education services gets these needs addressed through the Individual Education Plan (IEP), collaboratively developed by a special education teacher and the occupational therapist. Unfortunately, many students have sensory disruptions in absence of a formal diagnosed disability resulting in students being punished for behaviors beyond their control. A number of sensory based interventions are examined to determine the effectiveness for students with and without any identified educational disability.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis