School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Alternative-education, Students with Disabilities, Aggression, Sensory Integration, Weighted Vests, Intervention
Education | Special Education and Teaching
Lutz, Joshua Anthony, "Effect of a Sensory Integration Intervention on Aggressive Behavior in Alternative School Elementary Students" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1942.
The purpose of this quasi-experimental time series designed study was to determine the effect of a sensory integration intervention on aggressive behavior of students enrolled in an alternative elementary school for students with disabilities. Twenty (20) students participated in the study. Data was collected through behavioral observations over the course of 16 consecutive school days with the individual student’s frequency of aggressive behaviors in four domains being recorded on 8 days with a weighted vest on and 8 days without a weighted vest on. The four observed and recorded domains were verbal aggression, aggression toward property, aggression toward self, and physical aggression toward others. A series of paired samples t-tests were used to analyze the data. Results of this study are reported at its conclusion.