ERIC Number: ED048714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Postural Determinants in the Blind. Final Report.
Siegel, Irwin M.; Murphy, Thomas J.
The problem of malposture in the blind and its affect on orientation and travel skills was explored. A group of 45 students were enrolled in a standard 3-month mobility training program. Each student suffered a postural problem, some compounded by severe orthopedic and/or neurological deficit. All subjects were given complete orthopedic and neurological examinations as well as a battery of special psychometric tests. Postural problems were diagnosed and treated by a variety of therapeutic techniques, some newly described, including specialized exercise, splintage, and postural physical education programs. Improvement evaluation (by motion picture photography) was made before, during and after the 3-month program. The hypothesis tested was that improvement in posture contributed to improvement in mobility. The final results indicated such a correlation to exist. One implication is that postural training plays an important role in the development of mobility skills and thus in the total rehabilitation of the blind. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Research and Demonstration Grants.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Visually Handicapped Inst., Chicago.