Student Engagement: How Sensory Interventions within the Classroom Affect Student Engagement and Self-Advocacy Skills

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Keri DeSutter


early childhood special education, sensory processing, sensory processing intervention, self-advocacy, self-determination, collaboration


Sensory processing difficulties affect many students within a classroom setting, especially students with disabilities. These difficulties affect student engagement and behavior within the classroom. Many times, students lack the communication to express their needs at a time of sensory overload. This makes it difficult for educators and families to support the student. The research in this project explains how sensory experiences affect students within the classroom, the impact of sensory integration strategies during the school day, how to build self-advocacy skills, and best practices in implementing a student-based sensory integration plan. This project will entail creating (1) A general action plan to create a sensory integration plan for individual students and (2) A student-led sensory integration plan for a student with specific sensory processing difficulties.

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