A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Interventions to Improve Play Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cally Kent*, Reinie Cordier, Annette Joosten, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan, Anita Bundy, Renée Speyer

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Abstract

Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) experience difficulty with play, and a number of different interventions have been developed and evaluated to address this deficit. This systematic review of randomized controlled trials identified 19 studies reporting on play-based interventions for children with ASD aged 2–12 years. The components of each study, including elements of the interventions and methodological quality, were examined. A meta-analysis was completed for 11 studies, and a small but significant treatment effect was identified (Hedges’ g = 0.439). The current review supports future development of interventions with a focus on the child with ASD across social environments. Outcome measures and comprehensive reporting of intervention components are important considerations in future intervention development and testing. Significance for clinicians and future research is discussed. PROSPERO registration number: RD42015026263.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-118
Number of pages28
JournalReview Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume7
Issue number1
Early online date29 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020
Externally publishedYes

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