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Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) struggle with sensory regulation, resulting in abnormal gaze patterns and decreased postural stability. Sensory integration (SI) therapy is a common therapy used to help children with ASD with these issues, however, there is insufficient quantitative research concerning its effectiveness. A pilot study is currently being conducted to quantify the acute effects of a SI vestibular treatment on postural stability and gaze patterns. Both children diagnosed with ASDs and typically developing children are participating in the study, and test methods include quiet standing posturography and analysis of socially relevant visual fixations recorded by a mobile eye tracking unit. The format of the study is a pretest/posttest and the selected SI therapy was a vestibular swing. This ongoing pilot study is designed to ascertain experimental feasibility, data collection procedures, data trends, and sample size requirements for larger, future studies.

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Kimberly E. Bigelow

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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A Pilot Study of the Effect of an Acute Vestibular Therapy on Postural Stability and Gaze Patterns of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder