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Aqdassi L, Pouretemad H R, Fathabadi J, Sadeghi S. Family-based tele-intervention of SPARK program on motor proficiency and severity of autism symptoms in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder: A pilot study. RJMS 2019; 25 (11) :61-71
URL: http://rjms.iums.ac.ir/article-1-5184-en.html
Shahid Beheshti University , h-pouretemad@sbu.ac.ir
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Background: The aim of the present study was to evaluate any possible effects of family-based tele-intervention of the SPARK program for improving the motor proficiency and reducing the severity of autism symptoms in children with high-functioning ASD.
Methods: This research was a quasi-experimental study with pretest-post test design without a control group. Nine families of children with high-functioning ASD were recruited from rehabilitation centers for children with ASD in Tehran, Isfahan, Ghods and Kermanshah cities. The tele-rehabilitation procedure was administered by the parent to their children during 24 sessions each 45 minutes for 8 weeks. The Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS) (Gilliam, 1995) and short form of Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP) (Bruininks, 1978) were used for data collection. Data were analyzed using pair t test.
Results: The results demonstrated that (p< 0.5) family-based tele-intervention of SPARK program has significant effect in motor proficiency, but this effect was not significant in reducing the severity of autism symptoms in children with high-functioning.
Conclusion: The results of this study showed that family-based tele-rehabilitation has appeared to be an effective intervention to reduce motor problems in children with autism spectrum disorders.
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