Michael H. Resman; Effect of Sensory Stimulation on Eye Contact in a Profoundly Retarded Adult. Am J Occup Ther 1981;35(1):31-35. doi: 10.5014/ajot.35.1.31.
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A case study is presented that documents changes in eye contact duration following a program of sensory stimulation. Stimulation was provided by bouncing, being pulled on a scooter board, quick rocking, and use of an electric toothbrush. Data indicated that longer eye contact, decreased self-stimulation, and improved learning occurred. These results lend support to the hypothesis that some hyperactive children are underaroused and need stimulation. The rationale for treatment of these individuals is discussed.
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