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

Authors

  • Alexis McKenney Temple University
  • Mary Ellen Broach University of South Alabama.
  • Laura Vogel Mullen

DOI:

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

Keywords:

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

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.Subscribe to TRJ

Author Biographies

Alexis McKenney, Temple University

Alexis McKenney is a professor of Instruction and Recreational Therapy Program Director at Temple University.

Mary Ellen Broach, University of South Alabama.

Mary Ellen Broach is an associate professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport at the University of South Alabama.

Published

2018-10-22