Association between nystagmus hyporesponsivity and behavioral problems in learning-disabled children

K. Ottenbacher, P. J. Watson, M. A. Short

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This study explored the hypothesis that an association exists between postrotary nystagmus hyporesponsivity and behavorial problems in learning-disabled children. Supporting this conclusion was the finding that the learning-disabled boys rated by teachers as displaying the most socially inappropriate behaviors had significantly lower postrotary nystagmus durations than other learning-disabled boys. In addition, near significant associations were obtained between subnormal nystagmus functioning and socially inappropriate responding for boys and girls combined. Learning-disabled girls were evaluated as reponding significantly more appropriately than learning-disabled boys, while having significantly shorter postrotary nystagmus durations; thus, sex of a child may be an important variable in determining relationships between psychological characteristics and hyporesponsive nystagmus. Additional research is needed in this area because of a number of limitations to this study; however, these results present further suggestive evidence that learning-disabled children can be categorized accordng to characteristics of their postrotary nystagmus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-322
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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