M.A. in Special Education
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Kuder, S. Jay
Children with disabilities--Education; Sensory stimulation; Touch
Special Education and Teaching
Previous investigations of sensory defensiveness seem to indicate a direct relationship between sensory defensiveness and the "sensory diet" approach as proposed by Wilbargar (1987). This study examined the implementation of the "sensory diet" or brushing technique begun with one mildly tactilely defensive subject. Brushing took place three times a day, every day, for approximately an eight week period. Pre and posttest instruments used to gather data were the Touch Inventory for Elementary School Aged Children (Royeen, 1986) and the Sensory Integration Inventory for Adults with Developmental Disabilities (Reisman, Hanscher, 1990).
The results indicated that there was no difference between pre and posttest scores. Only minor observable changes were noted.
Some reasons for these findings are discussed, including the limited period of interventions.
Graham, Christine, "The effect of brushing on a tactilely defensive child" (1995). Theses and Dissertations. 2247.