Japanese Occupational Therapy Research Volume 37, Issue 6 (December 2018)

Occupational therapy through continuous eating training and improved use of utensils during mealtimes for a child with Angelman syndrome: A case study Shingo Shiratori 1 1Shiroi City Child Development Center Keyword: アンジェルマン症候群 , 食事 , 療育 , 発達支援 , 幼児期 , Angelman syndrome , Eating , Treatment , Developmental support , Childhood pp.684-689
Published Date 2018/12/15
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 Occupational therapy was carried out for 2 years and 8 months for a child with Angelman syndrome (interstitial deletion type). From the age of 5, eating training for 10 minutes was carried out for one year for a total of 30 times per the family's request. Prior to the intervention the child received assistance in grasping objects due to ataxia-like movement of upper limbs. The occupational therapy consisted of observing the child's behavior, determining an eating method which was less likely to induce ataxia-like movements, and instructing accordingly. Through continuous eating training using spoons and forks, the child's ataxia-like movements decreased and grasping function improved, which resulted in a reduction in the amount of assistance given and an increase in active movement. The eating training by the occupational therapist showed the possibility of positively affecting the utilization of spoons and forks and reducing the assistance of the child with Angelman syndrome.

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37巻6号 (2018年12月)
電子版ISSN 印刷版ISSN 0289-4920 日本作業療法士協会