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Research Article  |   December 1981
Effects of a Vestibular Stimulation Program on Stereotypic Rocking Behavior
Author Affiliations
  • Penny Bonadonna, OTR, is an occupational therapist for Title 1, Chicago Regional Program, Chicago, Illinois
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   December 1981
Effects of a Vestibular Stimulation Program on Stereotypic Rocking Behavior
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1981, Vol. 35, 775-781. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.12.775
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1981, Vol. 35, 775-781. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.12.775
Abstract

This study measures the effect of a vestibular stimulation program on the stereotypic rocking behavior of three severely mentally retarded persons within both experimental and natural settings. A multiple baseline design was used. Frequency and duration of stereotypic rocking behavior were measured by a partial-interval time sample. Results indicated a statistically significant reduction of both frequency and duration of rocking behavior directly after receiving vestibular stimulation and 1 hour after stimulation. The rocking behavior remained reduced after 6 days without the vestibular stimulation program. It was concluded that vestibular stimulation resulted in a reduction of the stereotypic rocking behavior of these subjects.