Document Type

Student Research Paper


Spring 2016

Academic Department

Occupational Therapy

Faculty Advisor(s)

Nancy Carlson Steadman


Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a co-diagnosis of sensory modulation disorder. The purpose of the present study was to consider this idea by exploring the sensory patterns found in children with ADHD and to examine the patterns that cause occupational performance problems. By utilizing the Brain-Body Center (BBC) Sensory Scales, it was found that children with ADHD experienced more auditory processing difficulties than that of the other sensory systems. This knowledge is valuable to occupational therapists in that it can aid in developing individually tailored intervention plans through utilizing a sensory processing frame of reference. Further research should be conducted to better understand the present sensory patterns.


Senior Thesis.