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Research Article  |   October 1992
Effects of Linear Vestibular Stimulation on Body-Rocking Behavior in Adults With Profound Mental Retardation
Author Affiliations
  • Charul A. Dave, MSc(OT), MS(OT), OTR is an Occupational Therapist, Les Passees Children’s Rehabilitation Center, Memphis, Tennessee. At the time of this study, she was an occupational therapy graduate student at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, and was a research assistant at J. N. Adam Development Center, Perrysburg, New York. (Mailing address: 4020 Maryan Court, Nesbit, Mississippi 38651)
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Research Article   |   October 1992
Effects of Linear Vestibular Stimulation on Body-Rocking Behavior in Adults With Profound Mental Retardation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1992, Vol. 46, 910-915. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.10.910
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1992, Vol. 46, 910-915. doi:10.5014/ajot.46.10.910
Abstract

The effects of linear vestibular stimulation on body-rocking behaviors in adults with profound mental retardation were studied. A single-system multiple baseline design across 3 subjects was used. The design included three phases spread over a period of 9 weeks. An interval time sampling procedure was used to collect data. Data from the 3 subjects were graphed and interpreted through visual inspection. Trend lines were computed with the celeration line approach to supplement the visual inspection of the data. The results demonstrated a decrease in body-rocking behaviors during the treatment and follow-up phases for Subject 2 but no obvious change in performance for Subjects 1 and 3. A lengthier treatment period and selection of subjects with similar body-rocking frequencies are suggested for further research.