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The effects of exercise-based interventions on repetitive autistic behaviors: A Systematic Literature Review
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, CHILD.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Repetitive behaviors are a core symptom of autism spectrum disorders. They represent a major barrier to learning and social adaptation, affect levels of engagement in life situations, communication, social interactions and sustain social connections. Repetitive behaviors are often managed using exercise-based interventions which have been suggested to reduce repetitive behaviors and benefit mental health and behavioral functioning of individuals with ASD. The purpose of this systematic review was to explore and critically review the findings of previous studies examining effects of various exercise-based interventions on reducing autistic repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder. Searches were limited to peer-reviewed studies written in English and published between Jan.2008- Jan. 2019. Only studies focusing on physical exercise-based interventions aiming to decrease repetitive behaviors as a symptom of an autistic spectrum disorder were included. Quality of articles included in the review was assessed using the Joanna Briggs checklists. Two researchers were involved in the quality assessment process, and any discrepancies were resolved through discussion. 5 studies were included in the final review. All studies examined the effects of short term exercise interventions on repetitive behaviors in children with ASD. There was no consistency across studies regarding types or duration of interventions, sample sizes or demographics of participants. However, the findings of the studies examined in this review provide a moderate to strong evidence that exercise-based interventions decrease repetitive behaviors. The studies reviewed included clinically relevant findings that can be used and adapted to fit different needs of children in future interventions. However, additional research using stronger and more varied designs, would be needed to determine the most beneficial types of exercise- based interventions for decreasing repetitive behaviors.

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2019. , p. 26
Keywords [en]
ASD; repetitive behaviors; exercise interventions; systematic review
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43862ISRN: JU-HLK-SBU-2-20190058OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43862DiVA, id: diva2:1319168
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HLK, Child Studies
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Hb420 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-10 Created: 2019-05-29 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved

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