The effects of a clinically applied program of vestibular stimulation on the neuromotor performance of children with severe developmental disability

Kenneth Ottenbacher, Margaret Anne Short-Degraff, Paul J. Watson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

16 Scopus citations


The effect of a program of controlled vestibular stimulation on the gross motor, and relax development of 38 severely and profoundly retarded, nonambulatory, developmentally delayed children were investigated employing a pretest/posttest control group design. Data analysis revealed that subjects receiving a combined program of sensor motor therapy and controlled vestibular stimulation make significantly greater gains on measures of reflex integration, gross motor, and fine motor development than control subjects receiving a progression of normal motor development and appeared to be related to the age of subjects and to the presence or absence of identifiable neuromotor spasticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy

Cite this