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ERIC Number: EJ1152845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
A Case-Controlled Investigation of Tactile Reactivity in Young Children with and without Global Developmental Delay
Barney, Chantel C.; Tervo, Raymond; Wilcox, George L.; Symons, Frank J.
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v122 n5 p409-421 Sep 2017
Assessing tactile function among children with intellectual, motor, and communication impairments remains a clinical challenge. A case control design was used to test whether children with global developmental delays (GDD; n = 20) would be more/less reactive to a modified quantitative sensory test (mQST) compared to controls (n = 20). Reactivity was indexed by blinded behavioral coding across vocal, facial, and gross motor responses during the mQST. On average the children with GDD were significantly more reactive than controls to most tactile sensory modalities including light touch (p = 0.034), pin prick (p = 0.008), cool (p = 0.039), pressure (p = 0.037), and repeated von Frey (p = 0.003). The results suggest the mQST approach was feasible and highlights the GDD sample was more reactive than controls to a range of stimuli.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: HD44763; HD73126