European Academic Research ISSN 2286-4822
ISSN-L 2286-4822
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Article Name :
Effectiveness of vestibular stimulation on static balance in mentally retarded children
Author Name :
Behzad Azadbakht, Bijan Goodarzi
Publisher :
Bridge Center
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Abstract :
Objective: Mentally retarded children have poor performance in their balance. Therefore, this study examines the effect of vestibular stimulation on static balance in mentally retarded children. Materials and Methods: Twelve mentally retarded girls at Borujerd Eheia School were selected, their age ranging 8 to 11 years old, they were randomly divided into two groups of 6, control and experiment. The experimental group received a 35-min vestibular stimulation, two times a week for 6 weeks. Pre-test and post-test were performed using modified single balance test in four different conditions with eye and surface manipulation. Independent and dependent t-test were used to analyze the data. Results: Results show a significant increase in the static balance under the first and third conditions in the post-test group after the intervention of the vestibular stimulation. The level of significance with dependent t-test was 0.014 in the experimental group under the first condition (eyes-opened soft-surface) and 0.029 in the third condition (eyes-opened soft-surface). Also, the significance level with independent t test was 0.19 in the first condition and 0.037 in the third condition, which is significant (significance level of .05). Conclusion: The results of this study show that using vestibular stimulations in the static balance of mentally retarded children is effective and can be used with other activities.
Keywords :
Vestibular Stimulations, Static Balance, Mentally Retarded Children.

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