Effectiveness Study of STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Intervention for School-Based Occupational Therapy Services for Students With Sensory Processing Challenges
The multiple baseline single subject design study with replication across three participants in a public-school setting. The 15-week independent variable will be a direct service occupational therapy intervention, combined with teacher consultations, based on the STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Frame of Reference. Frequently measured dependent variables, as the main determinants of change resulting from the intervention, will be student's video-recorded performance in the areas of functional regulation and active participation in the classroom, as rated by a trained observer. Findings of the single subject study will be corroborated via semi-structured interviews with the student participants and their teachers, administration of systematic assessments and Goal Attainment Scaling.
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Eligible Ages
- Between 3 Years and 8 Years
- Eligible Genders
- Accepts Healthy Volunteers
- Student has a) suspected sensory processing challenges and b) difficulty with functional regulation and active participation in the classroom. 2. not remediated by Tier 2 intervention 3. Evaluation finds: 1. total score, or 3 or more scales, for the main classroom on the Sensory Processing Measure are more than one standard deviation, namely is in the some problems or definite difference range, 2. clinical determination that the student demonstrates disrupted sensory processing issues that are impacting his or her ability to participate in the school setting, and 3. student requires specialized intervention in the form of direct pull-out service delivery in order to access his or her education.
- The student has an autism diagnosis or a primary genetic, orthopedic, or neurological disorder. 2. The student is participating in occupational therapy outside of school.
- Study Type
- Intervention Model
- Single Group Assignment
- Intervention Model Description
- Multiple baseline design across participants
- Primary Purpose
- None (Open Label)
|Each research participant will receive individual 30-minute therapy sessions two times per week for fifteen weeks. Fifteen weekly ten-minute consultations with the teacher will also be conducted for each participant.||
- Enrolling by invitation
- Boston University Charles River Campus