Relaxation response-based yoga improves functioning in young children with autism: a pilot study
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Relaxation response-based yoga improves functioning in young children with autism
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVES: The study objectives were to develop and objectively assess the therapeutic effect of a novel movement-based complementary and alternative medicine approach for children with an autism-spectrum disorder (ASD). DESIGN: A within-subject analysis comparing pre- to post-treatment scores on two standard measures of childhood behavioral problems was used. SETTINGS AND LOCATION: The intervention and data analysis occurred at a tertiary care, medical school teaching hospital. SUBJECTS: Twenty-four (24) children aged 3-16 years with a diagnosis of an ASD comprised the study group. INTERVENTION: The efficacy of an 8-week multimodal yoga, dance, and music therapy program based on the relaxation response (RR) was developed and examined. OUTCOME MEASURES: The study outcome was measured using The Behavioral Assessment System for Children, Second Edition (BASC-2) and the Aberrant Behavioral Checklist (ABC). RESULTS: Robust changes were found on the BASC-2, primarily for 5-12-year-old children. Unexpectedly, the post-treatment scores on the Atypicality scale of the BASC-2, which measures some of the core features of autism, changed significantly (p=0.003). CONCLUSIONS: A movement-based, modified RR program, involving yoga and dance, showed efficacy in treating behavioral and some core features of autism, particularly for latency-age children.

Author(s): 
Rosenblatt, Lucy E.
Gorantla, Sasikanth
Torres, Jodi A.
Yarmush, Rubin S.
Rao, Surita
Park, Elyse R.
Denninger, John W.
Benson, Herbert
Fricchione, Gregory L.
Bernstein, Bruce
Levine, John B.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Altern Complement Med
Publication Date: 
Nov 2011
Publication Year: 
2011
Pages: 
1029-1035
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
11
ISSN: 
1557-7708
DOI: 
10.1089/acm.2010.0834
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 21992466 PMCID: PMC3221508

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Lucy E. Rosenblatt, Sasikanth Gorantla, Jodi A. Torres, Rubin S. Yarmush, Surita Rao, Elyse R. Park, John W. Denninger, Herbert Benson, Gregory L. Fricchione, Bruce Bernstein and John B. Levine. Nov 2011. "Relaxation response-based yoga improves functioning in young children with autism: a pilot study." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.) 17: 11: 1029-1035. 10.1089/acm.2010.0834.

Wikipedia Citation

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