Developmental implications of clinically applied vestibular stimulation. A review

K. Ottenbacher

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Recent research has promoted the development of several techniques that use various forms of sensory stimulation to improve the neuromotor development of high-risk infants and developmentally delayed children. One of the newest and most popular adjuncts to therapy for developmentally delayed children is vestibular stimulation. The applied clinical research using vestibular stimulation activities with healthy human infants, infants at risk, and young children with developmental delay disorders is reviewed. The literature discussed indicates that controlled vestibular stimulation has had positive effects on arousal level, visual exploratory behavior, motor development, and reflex integration. Also discussed is the need for continued applied clinical research to further substantiate the most effective type of vestibular stimulation and the population for which such stimulation is most beneficial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-342
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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