Behavioral and physiological effects of deep pressure on children with autism: a pilot study evaluating the efficacy of Grandin's Hug Machine.

@article{Edelson1999BehavioralAP,
  title={Behavioral and physiological effects of deep pressure on children with autism: a pilot study evaluating the efficacy of Grandin's Hug Machine.},
  author={Stephen Edelson and Meredyth Goldberg Edelson and Debra C Kerr and Temple Grandin},
  journal={The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association},
  year={1999},
  volume={53 2},
  pages={
          145-52
        }
}
OBJECTIVE One symptom common to many persons with autism is a high arousal or anxiety level. This study investigated the effects of deep pressure on arousal and anxiety reduction in autism with Grandin's Hug Machine, a device that allows self-administration of lateral body pressure. METHOD Twelve children with autism were randomly assigned to either an experimental group (receiving deep pressure) or a placebo group (not receiving deep pressure but in the disengaged Hug Machine). All children… CONTINUE READING

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