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Research Article  |   April 1990
Use of an Elbow Restraint to Improve Finger-Feeding Skills in a Child With Rett Syndrome
Author Affiliations
  • Patricia A. Sharpe, MS, OTR, is an Occupational Therapist, Sun Prairie Public Schools, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, at the time of this study, was Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is currently Associate Dean and Professor of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Related Professions, State University of New York at Buffalo, 435 Stockton Kimball Tower, Buffalo, New York 14214
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Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder / Intellectual Disabilities / Neurologic Conditions / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Research
Research Article   |   April 1990
Use of an Elbow Restraint to Improve Finger-Feeding Skills in a Child With Rett Syndrome
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1990, Vol. 44, 328-332. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.4.328
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1990, Vol. 44, 328-332. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.4.328
Abstract

A single-subject study with an ABAB design was conducted to examine the effectiveness of an elbow restraint splint in improving the functional hand use of a child with Rett syndrome. The intervention consisted of the child’s wearing an elbow restraint on her nondominant (left) arm during snack time. Her ability to finger-feed cereal from a bowl was evaluated across four phases. An analysis of the data revealed only modest improvements in the amount of cereal consumed and in the time required to complete the eating task. Variability in the subject’s performance made visual interpretation of the data difficult. The findings, however, were in the anticipated direction and provide indications for future research.