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Effects of Exercise Interventions on Stereotypic Behaviors of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Adamson, Sarah; Block, Laurie; Adamson, Sarah; Petrus, Chris; Shahnefried, Maryam; Harris, Susan 2006-10-05

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The Effects of Exercise Interventions on Stereotypic Behaviors of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder By: Sarah Adamson Laurie Block Sarah Einarson Chris Petrus Maryam Sharifnejad Supervisor: Susan Harris School of Rehabilitation Sciences Department of Physical Therapy Overview „ Purpose „ Introduction „ Methods „ Results „ Discussion „ Conclusion „ Limitations „ Recommendations Purpose To conduct a systematic review of studies examining the effect of exercise interventions on stereotypic behaviors of  children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Introduction Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): „ refers to individuals with: „ a specific autism diagnosis „ Similar core deficits: „ Pervasive Developmental Disorder–Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) „ Asperger Syndrome „ Childhood Disintegrative Disorder „ Rett Syndrome Introduction ASD: „ Increasing in prevalence1 „ Current prevalence: >1 in 200 2 „ Four times as many males as females affected3 „ More prevalent in the pediatric population than each of cancer, diabetes, spina bifida, or Down syndrome4 Introduction ASD - Possible Causes5 „ Genetic „ Neuroanatomical differences „ Pre-natal factors „ Exposure to environmental toxins „ Viral infections „ Immune system deficiencies Introduction ASD – triad of features6 „ impairments in socialization „ impairments in verbal and nonverbal communication „ stereotypic and repetitive patterns of behaviours Introduction Interventions7: „ Sensory integration therapy „ Sensory stimulation techniques „ Auditory and visual interventions „ Sensorimotor handling techniques „ Physical exercise Goals: „ To treat the three features of ASD „ To facilitate the academic, leisure and self-care skills of children with autism Introduction Benefits of Exercise: „ Overall positive effects shown in adults with autism8 „ Few articles on exercise and stereotypic behaviours of children with autism „ Aerobic exercise may cause physiologically changes that modulate stereotypic behaviours in persons with autism7 Introduction PICO: „ Population: children under 19 years of age, with a diagnosis of autism or ASD „ Intervention: exercise interventions „ Comparison: N/A „ Outcome: reduction of stereotypic behaviours Methods Comprehensive Search Strategy: „ Searching electronic databases „ Hand-searching reference lists „ Communicating with experts in the fields of pediatric physical therapy and autism Methods Electronic databases searched: „ MEDLINE „ EMBASE „ PsycINFO „ PEDro „ ERIC „ CINAHL „ Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews „ Cochrane Controlled Trials Register „ Search terms: autism, autism spectrum disorder, exercise, physical activity and physical education Methods The Web of Science database was used to perform: „ author searches „ journal searches including: „ Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders „ Pediatric Physical Therapy „ Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics „ Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology „ European Academy of Childhood Disability Methods First Search / Papers First Index was searched to find published papers from: „ Congresses „ Symposiums „ Conferences „ Expositions „ workshops and meetings Methods Grey Literature: „ Hand-searching of relevant articles „ Contacting key individuals for assistance in finding relevant studies Methods Study Selection: „ Search Limits „ English, Human Subjects „ Title Screen „ Excluded if they were related to medications, genetics, cognition, memory, communication, or executive functioning Methods Study Selection (cont’d): „ Abstract Screen (reviewed by 2 authors) „ Excluded if did not adhere to the following criteria: „ intervention study using either exercise or physical activity as the independent variable „ frequency of stereotypic behaviours as the dependent variable „children under 19 years old „ subjects stated to have autism or autism spectrum disorder Methods Study Selection (cont’d): „ Full-text Screen „ Entire studies reviewed by two independent authors „ Exclusion criteria same as abstracts Methods Data Extraction: „ An adapted version of the AACPDM Study Data Extraction Summary Form9 was used „ This form included analysis of: „ evidence level „ quality of the study „ descriptive information about the study „ outcome of interest Methods Levels of Evidence: „ The AACPDM Level of Evidence9 „ Harris Level of Evidence for Single Subject Designs (Adapted from AACPDM) Methods Study Quality Assessment: Three scales were used for the analysis of study quality: „ AACPDM Study Quality Scale „ The Clinical Relevance Tool for Case Studies Modified from van Tulder „ Quality, Rigour or Evaluative Criteria for Single Subject Research Designs Methods Data Synthesis: „ Studies were classified into three tables to clearly depict: „ study quality and design type „ population characteristics „ intervention type „ outcome of interest „ results Results „ Preliminary studies = 200 „ Seven relevant studies MEDLINE (n=43) EMBASE (n=121) CINAHL (n=9) Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (n=2) ERIC (n=20) Cochrane Database of Systematic Review (n=5) Potentially relevant citations identified through electronic searches (n=200) Citations excluded after title screening (n=158) Abstracts retrieved for review (n=42) Studies excluded after abstract screening (n=29) Full articles retrieved for detailed review (n=13) Studies excluded after full text review (n=6) Relevant studies included in systematic review (n=7) Evidence Level and Quality of the seven studies „ Quality: „ range 2 to 5 (out of 7), mean 3.9, mode 5 „ 42% moderate, 58% weak „ Evidence: „ range II to V „ 2 level II, 2 level IV, 3 level V Brief summary of seven studies „ Study designs: „ 4 single subject, 2 group designs, 1 case study „ Stereotypic behaviours: „ As defined within each study „ Interventions: „ 6 jogging, 1 hydrotherapy „ Subjects: „ 26 total, male and female, age range 4 to 15 „ Diagnosis of each subject: „ ASD or autism, many stated to have high levels of stereotypic behaviours Brief summary of seven studies „ Post-exercise stereotypic behaviours: „ All studies measured using time sampling „ Results of exercise on stereotypic behaviours : „ All studies reported a decrease in stereotypic behaviours „ Three studies documented this effect over time „ Effect was temporary „ Results of exercise on other simple cognitive/play tasks: „ Mixed findings for improvement Discussion 7 articles: „3: Exercise on stereotypic behaviour and academic performance „1: Hydrotherapy „3: Vigorous vs mild exercise Exercise effects on stereotypic behaviours / academic performance „ Watters & Watters (1980)11 „ Level IV, 5 „ IV: Effects of jogging, TV watching, academic classroom activities „ No change in academic performance „ Stereotypic behaviours decreased post-exercise „ Jogging only IV affecting stereotypic behaviours „ Moderate evidence based on quality scale „ Higher Level of study design needed Exercise effects on stereotypic behaviours / academic performance „ Rosenthal-Malek (1997)12 „ Level IV, 5 „ IV: 20 minutes of jogging, academic precondition (classroom activity) „ Exercise had significantly improved outcomes as compared to academic precondition „ Jogging: decrease in stereotypic behaviour; increase in on-task behaviour; increase in academic performance „ Moderate support „ Stronger Level of study design needed Exercise effects on stereotypic behaviours / academic performance „ Kern et al. (1982)13 „ Level II,3 „ Intervention: Jogging (mildly strenuous); 5-10 min initially, 20 min by end of experiment „ Decrease in stereotypic behaviour post-jogging „ Increase in academic responding and ball playing frequency post-jogging „ Weak support, based on quality scale Hydrotherapy Effect on Stereotypic Behaviours „ Bumin et al. (2003)14 „ Level V, 2 „ Halliwick method of hydrotherapy „ Decrease in stereotypic behaviours „ Weak support, based on quality scale „ Additional studies needed Vigorous vs. Mild Exercise „ Kern et al. (1984)15 „ Level II, 5 „ Jogging vs. ballplaying „ Jogging decreased stereotypic behaviours; ballplaying no effect „ Moderate support Vigorous vs. Mild Exercise „ Celiberti (1997)16 „ Level V, 3 „ Jogging vs. walking „ Jogging decreased stereotypic behaviours, walking no effect „ Weak support „ Stronger study design needed Vigorous vs. Mild Exercise „ Levinson & Reid (1993)17 „ Level V, 3 „ Jogging vs. walking „ Jogging decreased stereotypic behaviours „ Walking had no effect „ Weak support „ Stronger study design needed Evidence Applied „ More intensive aerobic activity is of greater effect on stereotypic behaviours „ Difficult to develop exercise prescription due to: „ Study design heterogeneity „ Varied forms/monitoring of exercise „ Duration of decreased stereotypic behaviours post-exercise: up to 1.5 hrs Literature Findings „ Lack of Research in area: „ 7 articles examining exercise effects on stereotypic behaviours „ Dates of Publication: „ 7 articles; 1980-2003 „ 23 year span, no timeline set as exclusion criteria „ Poor study designs (evidence level II-V) „ Overall weak study qualities (mean quality score 3.9/7) Limitations of Systematic Review „ English language only „ Published articles only Conclusion/ Recommendations „ Purpose: „ To assess the link between exercise and stereotypic behaviours in children with ASD „ The literature suggests: „ exercise decreases stereotypic behaviours in this population. „ higher intensity exercise is more effective in decreasing self stimulation than lower intensity activity Conclusion/ Recommendations „ Clinical implications for pediatric physiotherapists: „ Consider the literature „ Difficult to determine specific prescription of exercise for children with ASD. „ Further research required: „ Exercise prescription for children with ASD „ Longer exercise interventions and long-term effects of exercise „ Other physiotherapy treatments for children with ASD „ Improved study design and study quality ?? 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