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Research Article  |   January 1981
Effect of Sensory Stimulation on Eye Contact in a Profoundly Retarded Adult
Author Affiliations
  • Michael H. Resman, OTR, conducted this study while employed at Rochester State Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota
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Research Article   |   January 1981
Effect of Sensory Stimulation on Eye Contact in a Profoundly Retarded Adult
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1981, Vol. 35, 31-35. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.1.31
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1981, Vol. 35, 31-35. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.1.31
Abstract

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.