Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effects of Neurobiologically Informed Somatosensory Tactile Interventions for Children Experiencing Complex Trauma
by McCulloch, Deanna M., Ph.D., Adams State University, 2019, 189; 13862991
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to test if somatosensory interventions increase regulation in children that have experienced complex trauma. Specifically, the intent was to determine if the use of sensory bins decrease heart rate and State Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children (STAI-C) scores for children that have been adopted out of foster care after founded abuse. To accomplish empirical testing of my research questions I developed a single subject, multiple baseline design. I then recruited four participants who met the criteria for complex trauma and were between the ages of six to nine. I assigned them each a condition so that they would each be exposed to the intervention at a staggered rate, in order to control for confounding variables such as history and maturation. Each week the participants experienced one of two phases, baseline or intervention. After I collected the data, I created graphical displays of the data and completed a visual analysis of the data both for each participant individually, and for overall impact for each of the variables. I then calculated the effect sizes for each participant and for the overall effect size of each variable.

The results indicate that sensory bins did impact heart rate difference and STAIC State scores for all of the participants. Three of the four participants had decreased heart rates when introduced to the sensory bins, and one participant had an increased heart rate. All four participants had decreased STAIC scores. These results indicate that the interventions did increase regulation in the participants, reinforcing the theory that somatosensory and tactical interventions can be regulating tools used in counseling. Implications for counselors and counselor educators are examined and limitations discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Givens, Joel
Commitee: Henninger, Janessa, Reilly, Blaine
School: Adams State University
Department: Counselor Education
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Neurosciences, Counseling Psychology, Quantitative psychology
Keywords: Children, Neurocounseling, Regulation, Somatosensory, Tactile, Trauma
Publication Number: 13862991
ISBN: 978-1-392-24164-6
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