Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type

Project Open Access


What are school staff's (teachers, related service providers, administrators, etc.) perceptions of the utilization and efficacy of sensory rooms to support student participation in education?

This study aimed to contribute to increasing the knowledge base of effective sensory room use in the school-based context. Majority of the respondents were special education teachers and school-based OTs, but according to literature, OTs should have the largest role. There was vast diversity with how the rooms were used and what equipment/supplies were within the room (most for unplanned purposes). Responses were largely positive for the impact on student behavior/emotional regulation. 15 out of 20 respondents reported that their school has set policies/procedures. Changes have occurred in the past 10 years because literature previously stated no policies/procedures were typically in place.