Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Larson, Susan

Second Reader

Michael Mignard;


Elementary students may be impacted by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) resulting in poor performance, anxiety, or behavioral challenges. This literature review defines sensory processing disorder and provides information about ways teachers can recognize and support students with SPD in the classroom. The research explores all aspects of sensory processing disorder; history, comorbid conditions, causes, diagnosis, interesting connections and interventions. Teachers need to understand SPD to modify classroom environments and teaching methods. Information from this literature review provides a theoretical foundation for the SPD handout that will support teachers when working with students with sensory processing disorder.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis