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Research Article  |   March 1981
Reduction of Self-Injurious Behavior Using Sensory Integrative Techniques
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  • Tony Bright, OTR, is Director of Occupational Therapy at Caswell Center, Kinston, North Carolina* 
  • Kay Bittick, OTR, is an occupational therapist at North Carolina School for the Deaf, Morganton, North Carolina* 
  • Bill Fleeman, M.A., is a psychologist at Murdoch Center, Butner, North Carolina* 
  • *All authors are former staff members of Western Carolina Center, Morganton, North Carolina, where this study was performed.
    All authors are former staff members of Western Carolina Center, Morganton, North Carolina, where this study was performed.×
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Research Article   |   March 1981
Reduction of Self-Injurious Behavior Using Sensory Integrative Techniques
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1981, Vol. 35, 167-172. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.3.167
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1981, Vol. 35, 167-172. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.3.167
Abstract

Theoretical rationale and case study information are presented for the use of a sensory integrative approach to self-injurious behavior. The program described uses sensory integrative techniques and soft restraint to reduce face hitting in a 28-year-old, nonambulatory, profoundly retarded resident. The noncontingent application of the procedures has reduced the occurrence of self-injurious behavior during treatment periods from an average of 13.1 responses per minute to an average of 1.02 responses per minute.