Here are just a few great research articles related to the effectiveness of sensory strategies to get you started:
Davies, P., Gavin, W.J. (2007). Validating the diagnosis of sensory processing disorders using EEG technology. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61(2), 176–189.
Johnston, C. A., Tyler, C., Stansberry, S. A., Palcic, J. L., & Foreyt, J. P. (2009, April). Gum chewing affects academic performance in adolescents. ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2009, New Orleans, LA. LB 487.
Mahar M., Murphy S., & Rowe D. (2006). Effects of a classroom-based program on physical activity and on-task behavior. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38(12), 2086–2094.
Schilling, D.L., Washington, K., Billingsley, F.F., & Deitz, J. (2003). Classroom seating for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Therapy balls versus chairs. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57, 534–541.
VandenBerg, N. L. (2001). The use of a weighted vest to increase on-task behavior in children with attention difficulties. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 621–628.
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We completed our first pilot study on the effectiveness of sensory diets using BrainWorks in May 2012. Read the full report:
In the fall of 2014, we implemented a program involving BrainWorks, movement breaks, and other sensory strategies into general education classrooms in a school district in Texas. The results of this study were presented at AOTA’s National Conference in 2017. Read the full report:
We welcome further research on the use of BrainWorks! If you have a research project in mind and would like to use BrainWorks tools, please contact Gwen by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Gwen is happy to donate supplies and/or training to students and professionals involved in research.