QUESTION:

You conducted a controlled research study in 2014 that that provided guidelines on the frequency of short and longer movement breaks for students of different ages. Was that study ever published? If not, do you have any other information? I work in a public-school setting and our administrator, who is very supportive of OT services/concepts, is interested in more information!

GWEN’S ANSWER:

Yes! The International Journal of Special Education published our research paper titled “A Model for Classroom-Based Intervention for Children With Sensory Processing Differences” in July 2018. It is available for download on our website.

These three resources might be helpful as well:

  1. Meeting Sensory Needs in the General Education Classroom: This view-on-demand webinar that reviews our research results and details how the program was implemented.
  2. Neurochemistry: Impact on emotions and sensory processing: This recorded webinar reviews the neurotransmitters involved in modulation and behaviors. It’s a very complicated topic, however, I’ve found that a solid understanding of the neurochemical basis of sensory processing helps immensely.
  3. Brain Breaks: Physical Activity and Brain Power Intersect:
    GoNoodle’s white paper is helpful in making the case for the importance of movement breaks in the classroom. It may be helpful to you as well!
  4. Brain Breaks, Sensory Breaks, and Movement-Based Learning in the Classroom: This webinar presents evidence about the effect of movement on learning and behavior in the classroom. It also includes helpful resourses to get you started right away.

I hope this helps! Let me know how your administrator receives this information!

Best Wishes,
Gwen