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ERIC Number: EJ779080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
The Clinical Application of Deep Touch Pressure with a Man with Autism Presenting with Severe Anxiety and Challenging Behaviour
Blairs, Sharon; Slater, Susan; Hare, Dougal Julian
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v35 n4 p214-220 Dec 2007
Although there have been claims of significant therapeutic benefits arising from the use of deep touch pressure techniques with children with autistic spectrum disorders, to date there have been few empirical investigations of its use with adults with autistic spectrum disorders and anxiety in clinical practice. This paper reports on the systematic use of deep touch pressure within a structured programme for a man with autism who was presenting with severe challenging behaviour. The programme led to significant reductions in the use of both physical restraint and medication, as well as appropriate physiological changes, with a parallel increase in the person's quality of life. The implications of this approach are discussed with regard to both theory and practice with the aim of increasing the provision of more appropriate forms of support for people who present with challenging behaviour.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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