The treatment of severe self-injurious behavior through sensory stimulation: A case report
Saloviita, T. (2016). The treatment of severe self-injurious behavior through sensory stimulation: A case report. International Journal of Human Sciences, 13 (3), 4126-4134. doi:10.14687/jhs.v13i3.4097
Published inInternational Journal of Human Sciences
© Saloviita, 2016. This is an open access article published by Sakarya Universitesi, Egitim Fakultesi.
Self-injurious behavior of an institutionalized man with profound intellectual disability was treated with a daily 15-min sensory stimulation program, which consisted of moving the arms and hands of the participant, swinging his body, and massage. The frequency of self-injurious behavior was measured in 10-min sessions. Using a reversal design, it was shown that sensory stimulation decreased the participant’s self-hitting behavior significantly, both in intensity and in frequency. Sensory stimulation is recommended for use in those cases in which functional analysis has shown that self-injury may be reinforced by its sensory consequences.