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Effectiveness of sensory protocols implemented to reduce self-injurious behaviours such as rumination

Mansi Rajadhyaksha

ABSTRACT: Rumination is defined as the regurgitation, chewing and re-swallowing of partially digested food. It is estimated that it occurs in about 10% of individuals with developmental disabilities (McDowell C, et al., 2017).

This case study will discuss the effectiveness of implementing pupil specific sensory protocols designed to reduce the occurrence of self-injurious behaviours, particularly rumination. It has been observed that the pupil engages in rumination soon after meal times and this can have significant health implications for the pupil in the long term. The protocols put in place have helped the pupil in being able to manage his urge to ruminate and reduced this self-injurious behaviour drastically.

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