The effects of a sensory diet on the behavior of two students with severe cerebral palsy

The purpose of this study was to examine whether using sensory diet strategies would help minimize adverse behaviors of students diagnosed with severe disabilities. After reviewing the literature and working with the students who exhibited off-task behaviors, the investigator learned many special educators are concerned with behaviors that are not easily determined by an antecedent. The results and interpretations of this qualitative study suggest that administrators, special educators, therapists and parents need to have special strategies designed by the occupational therapist in place to support student success in the classroom. The data collection indicated that the study participants improved in adverse behaviors along with growth in social skills and classroom participation. Key words: Adverse Behavior, Attention Span, Behavior Support Plan, Cerebral Palsy, Proprioception, Sensory Diet, Sensory Integration Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Students with severe disabilities, Vestibular