Title

Utilizing the Emwave to Teach Self-Regulation Skills to K-2 Students with Disabilities

Date of Award

Winter 12-18-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Keri DeSutter

Abstract

Schools are currently facing an increase in student populations who have social, emotional, and mental health needs. As these needs increase, the student populations face more barriers to their learning including, academic and social skill deficits, school suspensions, and extended absenteeism. These factors are holding back students from learning the skills they need to overcome barriers. One tool that is being studied and analyzed as a social-emotional tool is called an EmWave from the Heart Math Institute. The EmWave device provides data based biomedical feedback that our students can use to learn about their emotional regulation. By measuring, analyzing, and teaching students about heart rate variability, our students can experience live feedback in a concrete and visual manner to explain how their heart connects with their emotional regulation. This project includes several components including a review of literature, a teacher’s implementation guide, teaching materials to support implementation, and a brief summary analyzing this form of intervention and its potential impact on teaching strategies and early elementary school learners with emotional and behavioral needs.

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