ERIC Number: ED257230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-10
Reference Count: 0
Application of Biofeedback Relaxation Procedures to Handicapped Children: Final Report.
Carter, John L.
A series of studies examined the effects of biofeedback and relaxation on performance of learning disabled (LD) students. In study 1, 114 LD students received a randomly assigned treatment combination twice a week for 6 weeks. Four individual treatment components included electromyographic biofeedback monitoring, handwriting practice, prerecorded relaxation tapes, and homework. Results of pre- and post-test scores on a battery of tests revealed that biofeedback training and listening to relaxation tapes, especially in combination, appeared to enhance general attention level and verbal facility. In a second study, it was found that teachers can deliver a relaxation program within the school and obtain significant improvement in the basic academic skills of their learning disabled students. A final study field-tested a self-contained instructional training package for use by teachers of learning disabled students. The studies suggested that trained clinicians were able to bring about greater gains in academic performance than were teachers who had little clinical training, especially with the complex biofeedback instruments. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Houston Univ., TX.