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Title: Sensory modulation intervention and behaviour support modification for the treatment of severe aggression in Huntington's disease. A single case experimental design.
Austin Authors: Fisher, Caroline A;Brown, Anahita
Affiliation: Brain Disorders Program, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Eastern Health, Melbourne, Australia
Living Well Program, The Melbourne Clinic, Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: Sep-2017 2015
Publication information: Neuropsychological rehabilitation 2017; 27(6): 891-903
Abstract: Aggression is common in Huntington's disease. However, at present there are no standard guidelines for managing aggression in Huntington's sufferers due to a lack of empirical research. This paper presents a case study of the treatment of very high levels of aggression with sensory modulation and behaviour support intervention in a Huntington's sufferer. The client exhibited a range of aggressive behaviours, including physical aggression to people, furniture and objects, and verbal aggression. Following an eight week baseline phase, five weeks of sensory modulation intervention were employed. A behaviour support plan was then implemented as an adjunct to the sensory intervention, with aggressive behaviour systematically audited for a further 11 weeks. The results indicate a significant reduction in reported levels of aggression during the combined sensory modulation and behaviour support phase, compared to both the baseline and the sensory modulation therapy alone phases. This case study highlights the efficacy non-pharmacological interventions may have for reducing aggression in HD.
DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2015.1091779
PubMed URL: 26460553
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Aggression
Behaviour support modification
Huntington's disease
Sensory modulation
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