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MS in Special Education




The present study focused on which sensory integration techniques are effective for students with autism and sensory processing disorder (SPD). Data from this study was gathered from observing four students who have autism and SPD, as well as interviewing the students’ special education teacher and occupational therapist. The findings of this study demonstrate that sensory integration can support students with autism and SPD; however, professionals need to determine which strategies best support each students’ needs. Hence, the findings impact special education teachers, occupational therapists, and parents/guardians of students with autism and SPD. Limitations of this study consist of time (lack of time) and a small number of participants, who were all attending a special education school.

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