Effects of mind-body exercises on health-related outcomes in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review

Jiafu HUANG, Xuecheng LI, Zongwei CHEN, Liye ZOU, Sean HEALY, Choi Yeung Andy TSE, Chunxiao LI

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Abstract

This systematic review aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of major types of mind-body exercises (MBEs) on health-related outcomes in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Seven major electronic databases were systematically searched from inception to January 3, 2023. Fifteen studies consisting of ten randomized controlled trials and five controlled clinical trials with a total 651 participants aged 3–17 years were identified. While there was some evidence supporting the positive effects of MBE on behavioral problems in children and adolescents with ASD, there was limited evidence supporting their efficacy on other health-related outcomes such as social communication and cognitive functions. Larger and more robust trials with longer follow-up periods are needed to draw more definitive conclusions. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Original languageEnglish
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online dateOct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Oct 2023

Citation

Huang, J., Li, X., Chen, Z., Zou, L., Healy, S., Tse, C. Y. A., & Li, C. (2023). Effects of mind-body exercises on health-related outcomes in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-023-00412-3

Keywords

  • Physical activity
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Youth
  • Wellbeing
  • Neurodevelopmental disorder

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