Differential Impact of Physical Exercise on Different Stereotypies in Children with ASD
Stereotypy, defined as repetitive and maladaptive behavior, is one of several iconic features that characterize autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Considerable evidence has shown that physical exercise could be an effective treatment in reducing stereotypical ASD behaviors in children. However, the underlying mechanism that leads to physical exercise positively influencing stereotypy remains unclear. The present study seeks to examine this underlying mechanism by considering the theoretical operant nature of stereotypy. In this study, children who exhibited hand-flapping and body-rocking stereotypies will be asked to participate in both control (story-time) and experimental (ball-tapping-exercise intervention) conditions. These findings not only can confirm the positive impact of exercise intervention on stereotyped behavior as shown in many previous studies, but would further suggest that whether physical exercise should be matched with the topography of stereotypy to produce a desirable behavioral benefit.
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Dr TSE, Choi Yeung Andy 謝采揚 [HPE]
Autism spectrum disorder
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