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ERIC Number: EJ822619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Use of Weighted Vests with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Disabilities
Stephenson, Jennifer; Carter, Mark
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v39 n1 p105-114 Jan 2009
Therapists who use sensory integration therapy may recommend that children wear weighted vests as an intervention strategy that they claim may assist in remediating problems such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity, stereotypic behaviors and clumsiness. Seven studies examining weighted vests are reviewed. While there is only a limited body of research and a number of methodological weaknesses, on balance, indications are that weighted vests are ineffective. There may be an arguable case for continued research on this intervention but weighted vests cannot be recommended for clinical application at this point. Suggestions are offered for future research with regard to addressing methodological problems.
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Language: English
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