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dc.contributor.authorBrennan, Tori
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-06T15:22:29Z
dc.date.available2018-11-06T15:22:29Z
dc.date.issued2018-05-19
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/22468
dc.description.abstractAlternative seating has become very popular in the past decade, with many elementary school teachers offering children a choice of seating at the beginning of each day. Generally, these forms of alternative seating utilize increased movement and activation of the postural control system to improve attention. However, for individuals with retained primitive reflexes and postural disorders, seats without backs?like those often used to activate the postural control system?actually decrease attention and ability to work. In an attempt to remedy this, the author designed a novel alternative seating option that provides full-body support, allows for increased movement while seated, and provides calming deep tactile input to the user. Two iterations of this novel alternative seating option were compared to a control condition, a weighted blanket, and a therapy ball. The efficacy of each option was tested using the Digit Span task to measure working memory and the Berg?s Card Sorting Task (BCST) to measure problem solving, inhibition, and task switching. Together, the tasks test general executive functioning (EF). Participants were also asked to rate how much they liked the seating option they were assigned to and the extent to which it helped them focus. Participants were children between 5 and 10 years old and were a convenience sample from a local children?s museum. While there were no significant differences in mean digit span, categories completed on the BCST, or number of trials to complete the first category on the BCST, there was a significant difference in which chairs were most liked and which were rated as having improved focus the most.
dc.titleCan a Chair Give You a Hug? A New Approach to Alternative Seatingen_US
etd.degree.departmentChild Development


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