Sensory integrative dysfunction in a young schizophrenic girl
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A case study is presented of a 7-year-old schizophrenic child with learning disorders, poor sensory perception, disordered postural responses, adversive responses to certain types of sensory stimuli, and cognitive deficiencies. Central to the rationale underlying the intervention program was the premise that integration of somatosensory and vestibular sensory input are critical to perceptual-motor, cognitive and psychic growth. Treatment stressed careful use of tactile and vestibular stimulation with the gradual development of more mature and comprehensive postural responses and the ability to plan nonhabitual movements. Post-treatment testing showed considerable gains in IQ, on tests of perceptual-motor and auditory-language functions, and on reading. Fear of posturally threatening situations was reduced. Comparable growth was made in social-emotional development.
KeywordsIntervention Program Sensory Input Sensory Perception Sensory Stimulus Postural Response
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