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Sensory Processing Interventions - Texas Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)

Relaxation - Texas Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)

The ALERT Program for Self-Regulation - Texas Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET)

Sensory Processing and Problem Behavior:
  • Sensory interventions can be utilized as an antecedent (preventative) or consequence (a response to) strategy.
  • Use caution when implementing sensory strategies following problem behaviors, as the behavior may inadvertently be reinforced and occur more frequently in the future to obtain the sensory "input" that was provided.
  • Problem behaviors that occur for the "function" of obtaining or avoiding sensory input should occur less frequently if sensory strategies are put in place, as they are reducing the need to engage in problem behavior to obtain a similar result.
  • Problem behaviors that do not decrease as a result of sensory interventions may have a different function altogether, such as:
    1. Escape/avoidance
    2. To obtain tangible items/activities
    3. To obtain attention
    4. Other "automatic" functions not related to events in the environment