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Hartley, Matthew; Dorstyn, Diana; Due, Clemence – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Mindfulness-based therapies are rising in popularity. However, evidence for their effectiveness in reducing psychological distress and enhancing wellbeing for families living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is limited. A systematic search identified 10 independent studies, involving a pooled sample of 233 children and adults with ASD and 241…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Well Being, Psychological Patterns, Autism
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Muharib, Reem; Alrasheed, Fahad; Ninci, Jennifer; Walker, Virginia L.; Voggt, Ashley P. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
Functional communication training (FCT) is an evidence-based practice used to mitigate challenging behavior by increasing functional communication skills. To increase the practicality and feasibility of FCT in natural settings, thinning schedules of reinforcement are typically programmed following FCT. In this review, we meta-analyzed 28 studies…
Descriptors: Reinforcement, Children, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities
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Howells, Katherine; Sivaratnam, Carmel; May, Tamara; Lindor, Ebony; McGillivray, Jane; Rinehart, Nicole – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
The aim of this novel review and meta-analysis was to clarify the effects of group-based organised physical activity (OPA) for social and communicative outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Searches yielded 4347 articles. Eleven were identified for review and seven for meta-analysis. Pooled statistical results revealed a…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Physical Activities, Social Development
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Chawner, L. R.; Blundell-Birtill, P.; Hetherington, M. M. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2019
People with developmental disorders (DD) often display high levels of selective eating, which can result in micronutrient deficiencies. It is therefore essential to explore ways to increase dietary variety in this population. To identify different types of interventions promoting increased acceptance of new foods or dietary variety for DD…
Descriptors: Intervention, Food, Eating Habits, Autism
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McDaniel Peters, B. Caitlin; Wood, Wendy – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2017
This systematic mapping review mapped current knowledge of equine-assisted interventions for people with autism to help guide future practice and research. Thirty-three studies including children and adolescents with autism, 3 of which confirmed diagnoses, were reviewed. Five types of equine-assisted activities were identified across 25 studies,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Horses, Therapy, Autism
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Whalon, Kelly J.; Conroy, Maureen A.; Martinez, Jose R.; Werch, Brittany L. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2015
The purpose of this review was to critically examine and summarize the impact of school-based interventions designed to facilitate the peer-related social competence of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Reviewed studies employed a single-case experimental design, targeted peer-related social competence, included children 3-12¬†years old…
Descriptors: Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence
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Watkins, Laci; O'Reilly, Mark; Kuhn, Michelle; Gevarter, Cindy; Lancioni, Giulio E.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Lang, Russell – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2015
This review addresses the use of peer-mediated interventions (PMI) to improve the social interaction skills of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in inclusive settings. The purpose of this review is to (a) identify the characteristics and components of peer-mediated social interaction interventions, (b) evaluate the effectiveness of PMI…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Inclusion
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McDougle, Christopher J.; Kresch, Laura E.; Posey, David J. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2000
Results from two studies indicate the nonselective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) clomipramine is more efficacious than the relatively selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor desipramine and placebo in children with autism. A study of the selective SRI fluvoxamine found it to be significantly better than placebo for reducing repetitive…
Descriptors: Adults, Behavior Disorders, Behavior Problems, Children
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Aman, Michael G.; Langworthy, Kristen S. – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2000
A review of 41 studies on pharmacological treatments for children with autism and pervasive personality disorder not otherwise specified, found empirical evidence for significant reductions in hyperactive symptoms was strongest for the antipsychotics, psychostimulants, and naltrexone. A theoretical model is proposed for using attentional…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Attention Span, Children, Drug Therapy