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the Effects of a Calming Corner on the Health-Related Quality of Life of a Special Education Unit

Rebecca Arroyo, Ednjon Parilla, Samantha Gutierrez, Timothy Cervantez, and Carolina Valencia, Ph.D. Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Sciences The University of Texas at El Paso 500 West University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 Rebecca Arroyo: rrramos5@miners.utep.edu Ednjon Parilla: ecparilla@miners.utep.edu Samanth Gutierrez: smgutierrez6@miners.utep.edu Timothy Cervantez: jtcervantez@miners.utep.edu Carolina Valencia, Ph.D.: cvalencia4@utep.edu

Multisensory rooms provide therapists with tools, such as sensory integration activities, for increasing participation among people with various disabilities. They provide controlled sensory experiences for individuals who cannot or do not engage with their regular environment in a meaningful way. The current study examined the effects of a multisensory-room-inspired Calming Corner (CC) on the quality of life of a high school special education educator, aides, and their perception of student behavior. A modified Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (MOD SDQ) was given before and after a two-week period of using the CC. The MOD SDQ measures the participants’ positive and negative emotional tendencies and conduct when teaching and interacting with students. Descriptive statistical analysis of the pre-test and post-test showed varying changes of positive emotions/conduct between the participants. In addition, there was a consistent decrease of negative emotions/conduct across all participants after using the CC. Current research supports the use of sensory rooms, that were used as a model for the CC, to improve the health-related quality of life of special education students. The findings from the current study support ongoing research by implying that the CC increases the health-related quality of life of special education educators, aides, and their perception of student behavior. This research can help determine new ways for special education units to better facilitate classroom behaviors and routines.  




Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Rebecca Arroyo, Ednjon Parilla, Samantha Gutierrez, Timothy Cervantez

Institution: University of Texas at El Paso

Type: Poster

Subject: Health & Human Development

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5101