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Efficacy of Group-Based Organised Physical Activity Participation for Social Outcomes in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

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posted on 2024-06-04, 03:35 authored by K Howells, C Sivaratnam, T May, E Lindor, Jane McGillivrayJane McGillivray, N Rinehart
The aim of this novel review and meta-analysis was to clarify the effects of group-based organised physical activity (OPA) for social and communicative outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Searches yielded 4347 articles. Eleven were identified for review and seven for meta-analysis. Pooled statistical results revealed a non-significant effect for communication (k = 4; g = 0.13, CI [- 0.12, 0.38], p = .13) and a significant small-medium improvement in overall social functioning (k = 6; g = 0.45, CI [0.19, 0.72], p = .001). Despite acknowledged limitations, these findings are important in the context of a growing clinical and consumer-driven demand for research that determines the role of OPA as a non-medical and inclusive treatment for children with ASD.

History

Journal

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Volume

49

Pagination

3290-3308

Location

United States

ISSN

0162-3257

eISSN

1573-3432

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature

Issue

8

Publisher

SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS