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Module 6: ITZ bibliography and research studies

Purpose: The ITZ bibliography lists the major evidence, research and theories that are included in these ITZ resources.

Important works by eminent brain and behaviour specialists such as Dr. Daniel Siegel, Dr. Ross Greene, Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Stephen Porges and others are included in these resources in a digestible and practical format.

The 2020 antecedent exercise literature summary and full literature review describes the wealth of evidence from various professional backgrounds supports the use of physical activity to improve overall health and well-being across the lifespan.

Current research suggests that physical exercise and various sensory-motor activities can support the self-regulation of students at school and reduce dysregulated behavioural responses. It has also been shown to improve on-task behaviours and the learning outcomes for students with disabilities and complex learning needs.

The research indicates that aerobic exercise is one of the most effective tools for regulation and that best results occurred when students were provided exercise breaks throughout the school day. It also specifies that exercise and safe/correct technique be taught clearly to each student and practiced throughout the week.

Exercise, deep pressure touch, pleasant sensations and joyful interactions are known to help the brain and body flow with “happy” neurotransmitters such as endorphins, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

It’s amazing to think that the routines we create, the tools and environments we engineer and the opportunities for physical exercise we provide may positively influence a student’s brain chemistry! 


The information and tools contained in this website are only a GUIDE for educators.

It is recommended that parents and allied health professionals are consulted for formal assessment and intervention for individual students.