Effects of therapeutic recreation on adults with ASD and ID: a preliminary randomized control trial

D. García-Villamisar, John Philip Dattilo, C. Muela

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Background: The purpose of this research was to examine effects of a therapeutic recreation (TR) program designed to increase executive function (EF), social skills, adaptive behaviours and well-being of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). Method: A preliminary pre-test, post-test randomized control group experimental design was used to measure effects of a 40-week TR program designed to increase EF (TR-EF). The TR-EF used instructional electronically based games delivered during 200 1-h sessions (5/week). Results: Participants (experimental group, n = 19; wait-list group, n = 18) were evaluated at baseline and 10 months later. There was a positive and direct impact of the program on several EF and indirect effect on social skills, adaptive behaviour and personal well-being. Conclusions: Findings provide support for inclusion of EF enrichment as a way to enhance effects of TR interventions for adults with ASD and ID. Preliminary results of this study can be considered in planning TR services in the future. In addition to TR-EF program primary effects on EF, there were indirect benefits on adaptive behaviours, personal well-being and social skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-340
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

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Recreation
Executive Function
Therapeutic Uses
Intellectual Disability
Psychological Adaptation
Therapeutics
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research Design
Control Groups
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  • Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Effects of therapeutic recreation on adults with ASD and ID : a preliminary randomized control trial. / García-Villamisar, D.; Dattilo, John Philip; Muela, C.

In: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, Vol. 61, No. 4, 01.04.2017, p. 325-340.

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