Behavioral Responses to Tactile Stimuli in Children with Cerebral Palsy Academic Article uri icon


  • Children with cerebral palsy often have difficulty processing tactile information. Assessment of tactile processing in children with cerebral palsy frequently relies on the use of informal clinical observations, checklists, and sensory histories without established psychometric properties. It is proposed that a formal approach to the assessment of behavioral responses to tactile stimuli will provide a better understanding of the tactile processing of children with cerebral palsy. This approach also has potential to assist with the development of intervention strategies and the evaluation of progress. The purposes of this article are to review the literature on the tactile processing difficulties of children with cerebral palsy, examine the suitability of existing assessments of tactile processing for children with cerebral palsy, and provide a rationale for a new assessment tool being developed by the authors.

publication date

  • January 2003