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A Comparison of the Effects of Multisensory Therapy and Progressive Relaxation Training on Time on Task of Participants with Behavior Disorders

Alexis McKenney, Mary Ellen Broach, Laura Vogel Mullen

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to compare effects of Multisensory Therapy (MST) and Progressive Relaxation Training (PRT) on time on task of participants with behavior disorders in an out-of-school recreational therapy (RT) program. Studies similar to this one have focused on effects of MST and PRT on individuals with various disorders; however, research has not been conducted that compares these interventions on time on task of participants with behavior disorders or who exhibit severe behavior problems. Using sensory integration theory as the theoretical foundation for the study, a single-subject alternating-treatments design with a control treatment was used to compare the two treatment strategies before administering a timed-task assessment. Findings demonstrate that although limited positive results were found, MST in particular holds promise when compared to PRT. Considering these findings, suggestions for future research and RT practice are discussed.

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Keywords


Behavior disorders; multisensory therapy; progressive relaxation; recreational therapy; sensory stimulation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2018-V52-I4-9032

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