Restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) as a treatment for autistic children

J Dev Behav Pediatr. 1983 Sep;4(3):196-201. doi: 10.1097/00004703-198309000-00009.


This study explored the usefulness of 48 hours of Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) as a treatment for autistic children. In order to provide quantified objective measures for evaluating the effects of this treatment, a battery of psychological tests was developed which would be useful and practical for the assessment of these children in regular diagnostic settings. Several positive changes in learning, social and play behavior, and cognitive functioning were noted.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / therapy*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Discrimination Learning
  • Environment*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Sensory Deprivation*
  • Social Isolation