Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Johnny L. Matson
The present study was an attempt to investigate the effects of a specific type of enriched environment on the stereotypic movements of individuals with severe and profound mental retardation. A multisensory room which contained visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation was used. Effects of brief exposure to the multisensory room was compared to effects of exposure to a placebo probe involving attention and access to tangibles and to no treatment controls. Comparisons were made during a 10-minute post-test session immediately following. No significant differences between groups on rate of stereotypic movements at post-test was noted, anecdotal information and review of raw data suggest that there may have been a slight effect of exposure to the sensory room, however. Implications of the findings, along with possible factors influencing results and suggestions for future studies are discussed.
Smiroldo, Brandi Braud, "The Effects of an Enriched Environment on the Stereotypic Movement of Individuals With Profound Mental Retardation." (1998). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6869.