Occupational Therapy Techniques, Over Time, on Children with Developmental Delays

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Madison Wilcox (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Dr. Jeff Bolles

Abstract: Two therapies that have been identified to target sensory modulation needs associated with developmental delay are the Wilbarger Deep Pressure Proprioceptive Technique (Wilbarger Protocol) and Therapeutic Listening. This study examined several patients from an outpatient pediatric occupational therapy facility. These patients have some sort of developmental delay and need intervention to help them modulate their sensory input, so that their lack of appropriate sensory modulation will not interfere with their delay occupations. This study looked at the effects of the Wilbarger Protocol and Therapeutic Listening over multiple sessions to determine how those techniques affected four overall themes to which research has demonstrated a correlation: modulation, calmness, level of communication, and challenging behaviors. Both treatments demonstrated weak correlations, with the Wilbarger Protocol being a negative correlation (-0.26) and Therapeutic Listening being a positive correlation (0.55). Therefore, the hypotheses that the Wilbarger Protocol and Therapeutic Listening would positively affect the four overall themes were rejected. It appears that the effect is more influenced by patient-dependent variables than by temporal markers. It is also likely that the limited number of subjects (n=7) and changes in the treatment protocols, over time, led to the results being inconclusive.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2016
Physical Education, Exercise and Sport Science, Children, Developmental Delays, Occupational Therapy Techniques, Sensory Modulation Needs, Wilbarger Deep Pressure Proprioceptive Technique, Wilbarger Protocol, Therapeutic Listening

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