Effect of whole body vibration on stereotypy of young children with autism

BMJ Case Rep. 2011 Apr 19:2011:bcr0220113834. doi: 10.1136/bcr.02.2011.3834.


The objective of this case was report on the effects of acute whole body vibration exposure on stereotyped behaviour of young children with autism. Four young boys (ages 4-5 years) diagnosed with autism participated. The children were participants in an early intensive behavioural intervention clinic and during downtimes stood on a whole body vibration platform with the machine turned off (control condition) and on (treatment condition) for three to four, 30 s periods (frequency=28 Hz; amplitude 0.97 mm). The outcome measure was frequency of stereotypic behaviour, which was evaluated for 5 min before and after standing on the vibration platform. The results revealed that whole body vibration was not able to uniformly decrease the rates of all types of stereotypy; that is, some stereotypy decreased while others were unchanged. Subjectively, the children enjoyed whole body vibration which was easy to integrate into the behavioural programme.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / psychology
  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Stereotyped Behavior*
  • Vibration / therapeutic use*