Smell Bibliography

by DB-LINK on May 1, 2011
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Updated 5/2011


Aromatherapy and Massage for people with learning Difficulties/Sanderson, Helen; Harrison, Jane; Price, Shirley. -- Hands On Publishing: 1991, 181pp. (1991) The book shows how aromatherapy and multisensory massage can be used with people who have learning difficulties. The senses of smell and touch are discussed. Popular essential oils, their benefits and uses, are touched upon and their ability to relax, uplift and invigorate people with learning difficulties. Massage environment and techniques are included.


Assessment of Communication/Crook, Carol; Miles, Barbara; Riggio, Marianne. -- Perkins School for the Blind: 1999, 94-123. Remarkable Conversations: A guide to Developing Meaningful Communication With Children and Young Adults Who Are Deafblind. Barbara Miles and Marianne Riggio (Eds.) (1999)This book chapter includes information about methods of assessment, what is assessed, an extensive example illustrating the assessment of one child, activities to assess skills and competencies (e.g., locating toys, matching, responses to variations in light), and differences in the assessment of infants and toddlers. The section on methods of assessment covers reviewing records, parent interviews, conducting assessments in a child's home, arena assessments (one team member interacts with a child, while the rest of the team observes and assesses the child), and classroom assessments. The section on what is assessed includes available avenues for communication input and output (vision, touch, taste, smell, hearing, vocalization, motor skills, perception of sensory information, sensory integration); present communication skills; the communication environment; communication partners; and the ability to learn new skills.


Black Book of Colors/Cottin, Menena; Faria, Rosana. -- Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press: 2008, 24. (2008) This book endeavors to convey the experience of a person who can only see through his or her sense of touch, taste, smell, or hearing. Raised black line drawings on black paper accompany text describing colors through imagery. The text is translated into Braille so that a sighted reader can begin to imagine what it is like to read by touch.


CHARGE Syndrome Includes Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism and Abnormal Olfactory Bulb Development/Pinto G; et. al. The Journal Of Clinical Endocrinology And Metabolism 2005 Oct; Vol. 90 (10), pp. 5621-6. Date of Electronic Publication: 2005 Jul 19 (2005) CHARGE syndrome consists of a combination of congenital malformations including genital hypoplasia and retarded growth. The objective of the study was to study gonadotropic axis function and growth parameters in CHARGE syndrome. This was a retrospective study. The study included 32 children with CHARGE syndrome. Nineteen of 20 affected boys had micropenis and/or cryptorchidism, consistent with hypogonadotropic hypogonadism during fetal life. None of the boys was of pubertal age. Seven of nine boys tested before the age of 5 months during the neonatal peak period had extremely low testosterone levels. LH response to GnRH stimulation was variable during the first year of life and not correlated with existing clinical abnormalities. None of the girls over the age of 12 yr (n = 7) had begun puberty spontaneously, and a lack of response to GnRH stimulation was documented in five of them. Olfactory evaluation (n = 10) and magnetic resonance imaging (n = 18) of the forebrain revealed defective sense of smell and abnormal olfactory bulbs in all cases. Cardiorespiratory and nutritional problems were corrected, but the mean height of the 25 children who had reached 5 yr of age was -2 +/- 0.2 sd score. Height was not correlated with birth length or body mass index. GH deficiency was diagnosed in only three children. These findings suggest that CHARGE syndrome includes the main features of Kallmann syndrome, which is defined by hypogonadotropic hypogonadism combined with a defective sense of smell and abnormal olfactory bulb development. This forebrain abnormality, if confirmed in a larger group of patients, could serve as a major new criterion for the diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome. Publisher's web site:


Exploring the Perceived World of the Deaf-Blind: On the Development of an Instrument/Ronnberg, Jerker; Samuelsson, Eva; Borg, Erik. 2002, 7. (2002) This study of 13 deaf-blind participants utilized an instrument that was developed to assess discovery and localization abilities, compensatory use of sensory information, emotional and cognitive aspects of communication, and the preferred use of technical aids. Results of the study found that vision ranks higher than other sensory information, and airflow, smell, and residual hearing comes next in the perceptual world of this sample. The study also showed that cognitive aspects of communication correlate with the importance of discovery and localization, and technical aids dominated by vision and vibratory senses are preferred. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY, vol. 41, 2002, pp. 136-143.


Information Resources Directory: Hearing, Balance, Smell, Taste, Voice, Speech, Language-- The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) 2005, 110. (2005) This directory from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) gives listings for many national organizations and associations involved in support or research in deafness and other communication disorders. The directory is designed to encourage networking among individuals and organizations with an interest in human communication or associated diseases. Entries identify the scope of each organization's materials or services and provide contact information. Available from NIDCD Information Clearinghouse, 1 Communication Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20892-3456, PH: (800) 241-1044, TTY: (800) 241-1055, FAX: (301) 770-8977, E-mail:, Publisher's web site:


Observational Assessment of Sensory Preferences for Infants and. Toddlers With Visual Impairments/Anthony, Tanni L. 2003, 3. (2003) This form can be used to observe the sensory avenues (visual, tactile, auditory, movement, smell) used by infants and toddlers as they relate to specific behaviors during daily routines. An electronic version is available.


Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder/Kranowitz, Carol Stock. -- Penguin Group: 2003, 322. (2003) This sequel to the "The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder," includes activities for children with sensory processing disorder. The activities in the book are "SAFE" (sensory-motor, appropriate, fun, and easy). The book divides activities into two categories: (1) SAFE activities for sensory systems (tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, vision, hearing, smell, and taste; and (2) SAFE activities for sensory-related skills (oral-motor skills, motor planning, fine motor skills, and bilateral coordination and crossing the midline).


Smell and Puberty in Children With Charge Syndrome: Is there a recurrence risk?/Bergman, Jorieke; van Ravenswaaij, Conny. 2007, 3. (2003) This short paper describes the link between smell and puberty. During early embryogenesis, the olfactory system and the hypothalamus develop together. When the development of the olfactory system is disturbed, you often see a developmental defect of the hypothalamus as well. The authors are conducting research to see if anosmia or hyposmia might be predictive for puberty problems, specifically if they can predict with a smell test whether a child will or will not enter puberty spontaneously. Treatment for a lack of ability to smell can not be treated but preventive measures can be implemented, e.g., smoke detectors, profuse use of deodorants, etc. Delayed puberty can be treated with hormones. 8th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, July 26-29, 2007, Costa Mesa, CA


Uses of Poetry with a Class of Pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities/Scott-Paul, Deborah. 2008, The SLD Experience, #50, Spring 2008, pp. 22-26. (2008) This article describes a project presented as a dissertation for a Masters in Profound Learning Disability and Multi-Sensory Impairment (PMLD) at Manchester University. The project was carried out with a class of pupils with PMLD using poetry as part of a communication program. A set of poems was paired with a small bag containing a few relevant multi-sensory objects. The author offers specific examples of how students demonstrated understanding and comprehension of the poetry, for example, by smiling in anticipation of a favorite cymbal clashing sound or pursing lips in anticipation of a honey smell. Several research studies related to literacy and profound learning disabilities are cited.


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