Open Access Senior Honors Thesis
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD} is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is typically diagnosed in childhood due to the presence of atypical development, social interactions, and repetitive stereotypical patterns of behavior. The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of a yoga intervention on a ten-year-old male diagnosed with ASD. It was hypothesized that the yoga intervention on select instructed poses would increase both pose duration and pose performance and that the results would generalize to longer pose duration and better pose performance on non-instructed poses. Pre-intervention assessments of motor functioning were administered, including the Movement ABC, BOT-2, TGMD, and video coding of yoga-related performance. Baseline and intervention sessions included 10 beginner yoga poses. Pose duration in instructed and non-instructed poses was significantly and positively affected. Instructed poses showed a positive increase in pose performance, but the results did not generalize to non-instructed pose performance.
Schmitt, Amber, "Effects of yoga on the motor skills of a ten-year-old male with autism spectrum disorder" (2018). Senior Honors Theses and Projects. 566.