A group proprioceptive program’s effect on physical aggression in children

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Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention


Occupational Therapy


This study investigated the effectiveness of a proprioception-based group exercise program on the physically aggressive behaviors of three 9-year-old boys with sensory processing disorders in a special education classroom for children with behavioral disabilities. Data were collected on the number of aggressive incidents, number of aggressive acts, duration of aggression, and the participants' and teacher's perceptions of program effectiveness. Two of the boys had statistically significant decreases in their duration of aggression, and one of these boys also had a significant decrease in his number of aggressive acts. Improvements in the school function of all participants and of the class as a whole were revealed. Evidence of the effectiveness of this group program was found, supporting research suggesting that sensory processing intervention may lead to decreased physical aggression.