Evaluation of a Sensory Modulation group in a Community Youth Mental Health Setting.

Poster B96, Friday, October 21, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Sarah Brett1, Danielle Hitch2, Gina Woodhead1, Magenta Simmons1; 1Orygen Youth Health, 2Melbourne Health

Sensory modulation is a recovery-orientated intervention designed to support individual self-management of distress. Participants learn to regulate levels of arousal by utilising input from the following sensory modalities; touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, vestibular and proprioception. In order for individuals to achieve their optimal levels of arousal, the type, intensity, and duration of sensory input is indentified through experience. While sensory modulation is increasingly being used in mental health settings in Australia little research has been undertaken on this intervention with a youth population. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the implementation of a sensory modulation group in a specialised youth mental health service. Two Occupational Therapists will facilitate 10 group sessions using a structured program that includes supporting participants to recognise triggers, tune into emotional states, develop health coping strategies and crisis planning. A case study design will be adopted utilising mixed methods. Three quantitative measures will be undertaken; the Sensory Modulation Self-Rating Tool, Goal Attainment Scale and Sensory Profile. Qualitative measures including questionnaires and semi structured interviews will be completed by participants, caregivers and facilitators. It is anticipated that participants will have an increased knowledge of sensory modulation and greater self-awareness of sensory preferences and identified sensory input, which will assist in managing distress and optimising levels of arousal.

Topic Area: Psychosocial Interventions

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