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Step 1: Organize observations relevant to the problematic behavior/issue
In many cases, there are several contributors to the student’s identified problem. These contributors may interact with each other, therefore, it may be necessary to combine tests from different categories of possibilities. The existence of several interacting contributors may become obvious as you proceed through individual intervention experiments.
Sensory integration impairment: Some students may think and act impulsively as result of sensory over-stimulation or sensory under-stimulation.
Relevant observations: Some students tend to engage in impulsive behavior when in the presence of increased environmental stimulation (e.g., flickering lights, high activity levels, unusual or distracting noises, irritating textures). Other students tend to engage in apparently impulsive behavior in an effort to increase stimulation.
Useful experiments for assessment and intervention:
Possible referrals: School psychologist or behavior specialist for behavioral assessment and behavior management strategies; occupational therapist for sensory evaluation and management strategies.
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