Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Megan

Second Reader

Erin Wanat;


This thesis explores the impact that sensory stimuli have on students with sensory disorders and how this impacts their academic growth. It was hypothesized that sensory impact was a great hindrance for students that suffered from hyper or hypo neurological sensory stimuli processing disorders. However, the impact of sensory disorders proved to be far greater than just an academic relationship, but also social and emotional relations. Once determined, the next step was to find applicable interventions for general education classrooms, as well as special education classrooms, that were fiscally and spatially reasonable. The sensory processing disorders were evaluated and discussed in the order of low registration, sensory sensitivity, sensory seeking, and sensory avoiding. A literature review examined both qualitative and quantitative research that evaluated students with sensory disorders and the best interventions to use with them. A conclusion, that addressed the four sensory processing disorder inputs, was drawn regarding the most beneficial methods of sensory accommodations.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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