Effects of amount and type of social interaction/activity on stereotyped hand mannerisms in individuals with Rett syndrome

Woodyatt, Gail C. and Sigafoos, Jeff (1999) Effects of amount and type of social interaction/activity on stereotyped hand mannerisms in individuals with Rett syndrome. The Australasian Journal of Special Education, 23 1: 15-24. doi:10.1080/1030011990230103


Author Woodyatt, Gail C.
Sigafoos, Jeff
Title Effects of amount and type of social interaction/activity on stereotyped hand mannerisms in individuals with Rett syndrome
Journal name The Australasian Journal of Special Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1030-0112
1833-6914
Publication date 1999
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1030011990230103
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 15
End page 24
Total pages 10
Place of publication Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Association of Special Education
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject C1
321025 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Hearing and Speech
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Formatted abstract
Stereotyped hand mannerisms are a defining characteristic of Rett syndrome. This study examined the effects of social interaction/activity on the frequency of stereotyped hand mannerisms in seven individuals with Rett syndrome. The percentage of 15 s intervals with stereotyped hand mannerisms was recorded during repeated 10 min sessions under two conditions in an ABAB reversal design. The High Social Interaction/ Activity condition occurred during a mealtime when the individuals also received high levels of social interaction from a staff person. In the second, Low Social Interaction condition, a staff person was present but did not interact with the individual and no activities were presented. The trend was for more Stereotypic hand movement in the Low Social Interaction/Activity condition. However, there was a considerable amount of individual and within condition variability. The results suggest a need for individual assessment in order to develop educational interventions to attenuate stereotyped hand mannerisms in persons with Rett syndrome.
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