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Title:The Effects of a Pressure Vest on Task Engagement, Challenging Behavior, and a Physiological Measure of Stress for a Child with Intellectual Disability
Author(s):Snodgrass, Melinda R.; Kim, Jennifer G.; Karahalios, Karrie; Borden, Mindy; Halle, James W.
Subject(s):sensory supports
sensory therapy
electrodermal activity (EDA)
pressure vest
sensory processing
challenging behavior
Abstract:We examined the effect of wearing a pressurized vest, a commonly use sensory support, with one student who had disabilities and for whom this sensory support was indicated. Using single-case reversal design logic (A-B-C-A), we measured effects on both observable behavior and a physiological measure of arousal, electrodermal activity (EDA). Behavioral results indicated that the interventionist’s instructional practices affected the frequency of behaviors observed, but the pressure vest did not. EDA results were inconclusive but offered no significant indications of the pressurized vest affecting levels of arousal. We present the results of this study, its limitations, and a discussion of the use of these two measures in evaluating sensory-based therapies.
Issue Date:2015
Citation Info:Snodgrass, M. R., Kim, J. G., Karahalios, K., Borden, M., & Halle, J. W. (in preparation). The effects of a pressure vest on task engagement, challenging behavior, and a physiological measure of stress for a child with intellectual disability.
Genre:Technical Report
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-08-19

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