Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Weighted Vest and Challenging Behaviors
This study caused some interesting discussion across some social media outlets. Some therapists felt it adds to the growing body of evidence that weighted vests are not an effective tool for sensory motor or behavioral outcomes.
Other therapists felt that using a weighted vest is beneficial for some children as indicated by increase in attention to task or a decrease in certain behaviors. Just as this study was a single case study design some therapists have seen success with certain students.
What is your opinion? Do certain children benefit from the use of weighted vests?
Reference: Tonya N. Davis, Sharon Dacus, Erica Strickland, Daelynn Copeland, Jeffrey Michael Chan, Kara Blenden, Rachel Scalzo, Staci Osborn, Kellsye Wells, and Krisann Christian. The effects of a weighted vest on aggressive and self-injurious behavior in a child with autism. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 0 0:0, 1-6 doi=10.3109%2F17518423.2012.753955