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Does playing a sports active video game improve object control skills of children with autism spectrum disorder?

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posted on 01.03.2017, 00:00 authored by Jacqui Edwards, S Jeffrey, Tamara May, Nicole Rinehart, Lisa BarnettLisa Barnett
Background: Active video games (AVGs) encourage whole body movements to interact or control the gaming system, allowing the opportunity for skill development. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show decreased fundamental movement skills in comparison with their typically developing (TD) peers and might benefit from this approach. This pilot study investigates whether playing sports AVGs can increase the actual and perceived object control (OC) skills of 11 children with ASD aged 6-10 years in comparison to 19 TD children of a similar age. Feasibility was a secondary aim. Methods: Actual (Test of Gross Motor Development) and perceived OC skills (Pictorial Scale of Perceived Movement Skill Competence for Young Children) were assessed before and after the intervention (6 × 45 min). Results: Actual skill scores were not improved in either group. The ASD group improved in perceived skill. All children completed the required dose and parents reported the intervention was feasible. Conclusion: The use of AVGs as a play-based intervention may not provide enough opportunity for children to perform the correct movement patterns to influence skill. However, play of such games may influence perceptions of skill ability in children with ASD, which could improve motivation to participate in physical activities.

History

Journal

Journal of sport and health science

Volume

6

Issue

1

Pagination

17 - 24

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

2095-2546

eISSN

2213-2961

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Elsevier