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Research Article  |   August 1984
Reducing the Self-Stimulatory Behavior of a Profoundly Retarded Female Through Sensory Awareness Training
Author Affiliations
  • Keith Storey, MS, is a Teacher, Technological Employment Project, Department of Special Education, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 94132
  • Paul Bates, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Nancy McGhee, OTR, is an occupational therapist, San Francisco Infant Program, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA 94132
  • Susan Dycus, BS, is a teacher, Tri-County Special Education Cooperative, Anna, IL 62906
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Research Article   |   August 1984
Reducing the Self-Stimulatory Behavior of a Profoundly Retarded Female Through Sensory Awareness Training
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1984, Vol. 38, 510-516. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.8.510
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1984, Vol. 38, 510-516. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.8.510
Abstract

Sensory awareness training procedures were used to reduce the self-stimulatory behavior of a profoundly retarded female. Self-stimulatory behaviors were directly observed and recorded using a 15-second momentary time sample procedure for 10-minute recording periods. An alternating treatment design was used to compare the effects of treatment and nontreatment. Tactile, olfactory, and gustatory materials were used to stimulate the person’s senses. Generalization was assessed across noncompliant behaviors. The results indicate that sensory awareness training reduced self-stimulatory behaviors, but that these behaviors were still being emitted at a high rate. Suggestions for further research are made, and the use of “traditional” sensory awareness training procedures is questioned.