Article: PDF OnlyRestricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST) as a Treatment for Autistic ChildrenSUEDFELD, PETER PH.D.; SCHWARTZ, GERALDINE PHD. Author Information The University of British Columbia Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: September 1983 - Volume 4 - Issue 3 - p 196-201 Buy Abstract 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. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.