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The Effect of Perceptual-Motor Exercise on Improvement in Executive Functions of Children with Autism Disorder
Hadi Moradi *, Ahmadreza Movahedi, Mohadeseh Arabi
Department of Motor Behavior, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran , hadi.moradi@stu.um.ac.i
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Introduction: Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impairment in social interaction and communication, accompanied by stereotyped and repetitive behavior. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of a perceptual-motor exercise period on executive functions (neurocognitive functions of attention) of children with autism disorder in the age group of 7-12 years. Materials and Methods: The method of conducting the present study was semi-experimental. Among children with autism disorder referring to autistic childrenchr('39')s care centers in Isfahan, 30 patients were selected using screening tests and after measuring neuro-cognitive functions of attention by neuropsychological Connerchr('39')s questionnaire as a pretest, randomly divided into two experimental (n = 15) and control (n = 15) groups. In the experimental group, perceptual-motor exercises were performed for 12 weeks and 3 sessions weekly. Finally, a post-test was performed for all of the subjects. Results: The results have shown that perceptual-motor exercise in the experimental group was an effective measure to improve the neurocognitive functions of the attention of children with autism disorder. Besides, neuro-cognitive functions of attention were significantly better in the experimental group compared to the control group. Conclusion: Perceptual-motor exercises with music may provide appropriate intervention for improving the neurocognitive functions of the attention of children with autism disorder.
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Exercise, Attention
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