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Submitted: 11 February 2016 Modified: 11 February 2016
HERDIN Record #: R04A-DLSHSI-16021016274931

Effects Of Massage Therapy On The Psychosocial Behavior Modification Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Objectives: The primary objective is to determine the effects of massage therapy on the psychosocial behavioral modification of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, it aims to determine if there are significant differences in the psychosocial behavior before and after massage therapy between those who are exposed and not exposed to the interventions. Study Design: Randomized Controlled Trial, prospective study. Setting: The study was conducted in an instructional setup, primarily, Neurodevelopmental Center. Participants: Children diagnosed with ASD ages 2-14 years Intervention: The researcher utilized a self-made validated checklist (Le-SoPBRS 2015) comprised of 25 psychosocial behavior related questions on social and interpersonal skills, sex education, discrimination and avoidance of dangerous substances and leisure activities. A total of 22 participants were randomly assigned to the treatment group and the control group. Those with a psychosocial score of 2.61 and below (sometimes to always occurring) in the pre-intervention were eligible to be part of the study The pre-intervention and post-intervention psychosocial behavior scores were measured by the SpEd teachers who were blinded to the interventions given. The treatment group was given 30 minutes of massage therapy before going to sleep every night for one month by their caregiver. Results: Pre-intervention using LeSoPBS tool showed MS of 1.5491 with SD of 0.17073 for the treatment group and MS of 1.8036 with SD of 0.21869 for control group, both described as very high modification needed. Post-intervention scores for the treatment group showed a MS of 3.9091 with SD of 0.27135, described as minimal modification needed, compared to the control group with MS of 1.7891 and SD of 0.20167, described as very high modification needed. These results were validated using t-test and paired t-test at 0.05 level of significance. Conclusion: Findings of the study supports that massage therapy was effective in improving the psychosocial behavior modification of children with ASD.

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Objectives: The primary objective is to determine the effects of massage therapy on the psychosocial behavioral modification of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, it aims to determine if there are significant differences in the psychosocial behavior before and after massage therapy between those who are exposed and not exposed to the interventions

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