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Research Article  |   March 1989
The Relationship Between Oral Sensation and Drooling in Persons With Cerebral Palsy
Author Affiliations
  • Rhoda Weiss-Lambrou, MSC, is Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, Ecole de réadaptation, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Mailing address: Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Suc. A. Montreal, Quebec, H3C 3J7, Canada.)
  • Sylvie Tétreault, MSC, is Assistant Professor and Director of the Occupational Therapy Program, Ecole des sciences infirmières, Université Laval, St. Foy, Quebec, Canada. At the time of this study, she was a graduate student in the Clinical Sciences Program at the Université de Montréal
  • John Dudley, PhD, is Associate Professor, Ecole d’orthophonie et d’audiologie, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Features
Research Article   |   March 1989
The Relationship Between Oral Sensation and Drooling in Persons With Cerebral Palsy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1989, Vol. 43, 155-161. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.3.155
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1989, Vol. 43, 155-161. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.3.155
Abstract

This study examined the relationship between oral sensation and drooling in persons with cerebral palsy. The sample was composed of 40 subjects between 5 and 21 years of age who had a diagnosed condition of cerebral palsy. Twenty of the subjects had a drooling problem and 20 did not. The subjects were randomly selected from two Montreal schools for the disabled. The experimental procedure consisted of the administration of three tests of oral sensation: a test of oral stereognosis, a test of oral form discrimination, and a test of lingual two point discrimination. In addition, saliva was quantified in those subjects who drooled. The results suggested a relationship between oral stereognosis and drooling in persons with cerebral palsy. The main implication for occupational therapists is that the assessment and treatment of drooling in people with cerebral palsy should address both the sensory and motor elements of oral function.