Light Touch

Position of client during the assessment

  • Seated with feet flat on the floor
  • Arms rested on the table
  • Therapist seated across from client

Touch in random positions all over the arms and hands

Item Needed

  • Cotton swab or cotton ball
  • Sensory Shield

With Localization

1. Explain purpose and procedure
– “An injury such as your can sometime affect how a person feels things. I would like to check on you are feeling by touching you are on hands and arms.”

2. Explain stimulus and expected result
– “I’m going to use thing cotton swab/ball. Please say ‘yes’ or ‘ok’ when you feel it.”

3. Demonstrate the test on self
– Demonstrate on self, and tell the patient “I’m going to touch you like this.”

4. Demonstrate on client’s less involved arm with visual input
– While the client is looking- “I’m going to touch you like this. When you feel it please say ‘yes’ or ‘ok’.”

5. Test Less involved side with vision occluded
– “I am going to do the same thing, but without you being able to see when I touch you.”

6. Test the involved side with vision occluded
– “Now I’m going to do the same thing on the other side.”

Without Localization

1. Explain purpose and procedure
– “An injury such as your can sometime affect how a person feels things. I would like to check on you are feeling by touching you
are on hands and arms.”

2. Explain stimulus and expected result
– “I’m going to use thing cotton swab/ball. Please tell or show me where you feel it.”

3. Demonstrate the test on self
-Demonstrate on self, and tell the patient “I’m going to touch you like this.”

4. Demonstrate on client’s less involved arm with visual input
– While the client is looking- “I’m going to touch you like this. When you feel it please show or  tell me where you feel it .”

5. Test Less involved side with vision occluded
– “I am going to do the same thing, but without you being able to see when or where I touch you.”

6. Test the involved side with vision occluded
– “Now I’m going to do the same thing on the other side.”

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