Effect of exercise intervention on the perceptual-motor skills in adolescents with autism.

TitleEffect of exercise intervention on the perceptual-motor skills in adolescents with autism.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRafie, F, Ghasemi, A, Jam, AZamani, Jalali, S
JournalJ Sports Med Phys Fitness
Volume57
Issue1-2
Pagination53-59
Date Published2017 Jan-Feb
ISSN1827-1928
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Motor skill impairment has been reported in many studies of autistic adolescents. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of selected physical exercise on Perceptual-motor skills in adolescents with autism.

METHODS: Twenty adolescents with autism that were under special education in Tehran based on their Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) scores and level of abilities were selected. Measurement tool was Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP). Selected group motor program in this study includes motor activities, games and sports for adolescents that were performed for 10 weeks.

RESULTS: Results showed that selected physical exercise training has significant effects on all of the variables (P<0.001) except the speed of running and agility (P=0.61), bilateral coordination (P=0.12) and response speed (P=0.42).

CONCLUSIONS: It seems that miscellaneous physical exercise programs which include ball games, delightful play and targeted play can improve perceptual-motor skills in adolescents with autism.

DOI10.23736/S0022-4707.16.05919-3
Alternate JournalJ Sports Med Phys Fitness
PubMed ID27028719

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