A randomized feasibility trial of a fundamental motor skill parent-mediated intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders

Luis Columna, Laura A. Prieto, Pamela Beach, Natalie Russo, John T. Foley

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Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the feasibility of a fundamental motor skills (FMS) intervention with two groups on the acquisition of FMS of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We randomly assigned families (n = 15) of children with ASD aged 4–11 years into two groups (a workshop or a home-based group) focused on FMS development. Both groups participated in a 10-week intervention and were given the same instructional manual and adapted physical activity equipment. The workshop group also attended four in-person workshops target-ing the needs of children with ASD and their parents. Children were tested on their FMS using the third edition of the Test of Gross Motor Development at the start and end of the intervention and then three months following the intervention. The recruitment rate was 50%, and the retention rate was 80% for all participants. The intervention for groups was safe and accepted by the participants as evaluated by post-program interviews. The outcomes of this pilot study suggest that parents can facilitate the acquisition of FMS of their children with ASD. Although these results are positive, there is a need to further identify effective interventions for FMS development in children with ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number12398
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Interventions
  • Motor skills
  • Parents
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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