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Zourmand G, Pavlović R, Taheri M. The Effect of School Games on Motor Skills Development in Children with Autism. Ann Appl Sport Sci 2024; 12
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1- Department of Physical Education, Huanggang Normal University, Hounggang, China
2- Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, University of East Sarajevo, East Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
3- Department of Cognitive and Behavioral eciences in Sport, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran , taheri.mortza@ut.ac.ir
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Background. Childhood stands out as a pivotal phase in motor development, making it essential to explore interventions that promote motor skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Objectives. This study investigated the impact of school-based games on motor skill development in children with ASD.
Methods. The study included 80 elementary school students, aged 11-12, from which 20 were randomly assigned to either an experimental group (n=10) or a control group (n=10). Employing a pretest-posttest design, the 8-week intervention consisted of 50-60 minute school-based game sessions, twice weekly. Assessment tools encompassed the Childhood Autism Test, the Oseretsky Motor Proficiency Test, and a researcher-designed School Games Checklist.
Results. Results revealed significant between-group differences favoring the experimental group (P<0.05) in post-test scores on both gross motor skills (running speed and agility, balance, bilateral coordination, strength) and fine motor skills (reaction time, visual motor control, upper limb speed, and dexterity).
Conclusion. The games-based program effectively enhanced motor skills in children with ASD, underlining the importance of tailored movement and sports programs to support their physical, cognitive, and social development.
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• The benefits of incorporating school-based games and movement programs to promote motor skill development in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are crucial.
• The significant improvements in both gross and fine motor skills among children with ASD are provided by games-based intervention.
• Implementing such interventions in school settings could potentially contribute to the overall well-being and holistic development of children with ASD, emphasizing the significance of integrating motor skill interventions within educational environments to enhance their lives.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Motor Control and its Related Branches
Received: 2023/06/14 | Accepted: 2023/08/9

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