Purpose: This case report presents an interdisciplinary approach in school-based therapy, combining physical therapy and applied behavior analysis to improve the motor skills and the participation in recreational activities of a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Methods: A 9-year-old child with autism spectrum disorder participated in a 20-week gross motor intervention designed to improve the child's overhand throwing ability, which included weekly physical therapy instruction and daily throwing trials using applied behavior analysis approaches.
Results: The child demonstrated gains in throwing accuracy, significant gains on measures of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency-2, the Test of Gross Motor Development-2, and the School Function Assessment.
Conclusion: This unique approach in school-based therapy demonstrates effective strategies for a multidisciplinary intervention to improve motor learning skills and participation in recreational activities in the school setting.
A case report featuring a multi-disciplinary school-based intervention to improve motor performance and physical activity participation in a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Department of Physical Therapy, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Correspondence: Jennifer A. Colebourn, PT, DPT, MS, Hudson Public Schools, 14 Wayside Rd, Westborough, MA 01581 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At the time this case report was written, Dr Colebourn was a student in the transitional DPT program of Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.
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