Date Approved

4-26-2001

Embargo Period

6-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Special Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, Jay

Subject(s)

Brain-damaged children--Education; Children with mental disabilities--Education; Sensory stimulation

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine if Sensory Stimulation had an effect on the motor development and communication skills of the students with Traumatic Brain Injury as compared to the students with Developmental Disabilities. Four students participated in this study: two were Traumatic Brain Injured and the other two were Developmentally Disabled.

To establish change over time the students' communication and motor skills were observed individually three times a week for four weeks. Eight domains were covered; responses could be verbal or non-verbal.

The results indicated that Sensory Stimulation proved to be beneficial because all four students showed some type of improvement. However, the Traumatic Brain Injured students responded significantly higher than the Developmentally Disabled students.

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