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Dev Neurorehabil. 2013 Jun;16(3):210-5. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2012.753955. Epub 2013 Jan 2.

The effects of a weighted vest on aggressive and self-injurious behavior in a child with autism.

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Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-3701, USA. Tonya_Davis@baylor.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Analyse the effects of a weighted vest on the aggressive and self-injurious behavior of a young boy with autism.

METHODS:

The effects of the weighted vest were examined during a functional analysis utilizing an ABAB design with an embedded multielement design, in which the participant wore a five pound weighted vest or no vest.

RESULTS:

The results do not suggest the existence of a functional relationship between the use of a weighted vest and challenging behavior, as the weighted vest had no marked effect on levels of aggression and self-injurious behavior.

CONCLUSIONS:

Weighted vests are a commonly implemented form of sensory integration therapy, frequently used as a treatment for disruptive behaviors associated with autism spectrum disorder [Stephenson J, Carter M. The use of weighted vests with children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities 2009;39:105-114]. However, the current findings support previous literature which states that the use of weighted vests does not appear to decrease challenging behavior.

PMID:
23278839
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2012.753955
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