A literature review of sensory interventions that are possible in a school setting by occupational therapists was completed based on Jennifer Burke’s, a Franklin Pierce Public Schools occupational therapist, question. Her question was what sensory interventions have been shown to be effective for decreasing negative behaviors and/or increasing participation that could be used in a school setting. Most sensory based interventions (SBI) had only weak evidence in support. Sensory integration therapy (SIT) showed more promise for achieving individual goals. Because of the mix of evidence it was recommended that if a clinician chooses to use SBI or SIT they should clearly state what goal they hope to attain with its use and take data to determine if it is effective for that specific child or not.

Because many children who may have sensory issues do not qualify for occupational therapy in schools, commercially available sensory kits for classrooms were researched and presented in a table format that included information on each kits pros and cons, as well as what sensory areas the kits are able to target. Burke used the table in conversation with her school counselor who is interested in purchasing a sensory kit. The table was also distributed to the other members of the therapy team for them to use in discussion with other counselors and teachers.

Publication Place

Tacoma, Washington


University of Puget Sound

Project Chairperson

Sheryl Zylstra, DOT, MS, OTR/L

Project Chairperson

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Degree Program

Occupational Therapy

Degree Level

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy


University of Puget Sound

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