Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dr. Gordon Miller


Students with autism face many difficulties in the classroom and with everyday tasks outside of the classroom. In the classroom, they face difficulties with academic focus, communication skills, and behavioral management. Knowing this, academics, communication, and behavior were all evaluated. This thesis was written to decipher the effects of sensory tools on students with autism in the classroom and decide if sensory tools should be used more often in the classroom and at home. Sensory tools are a relatively new therapy idea. They are a wide range of tools that have all different functions and purposes. Some schools and families have adopted these tools while others are still skeptical of their productivity. The information in this thesis was collected through both a literature review and a study.