A Study to Examine Curriculum-based Group Recreation Intervention (CGRI) for Six to Eight Year Old Children with Autism


About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine whether a group recreation intervention for six to eight year old children with autism, who have deficits in gross motor skills is feasible and acceptable. Additionally the study will explore whether a group recreation intervention can improve gross motor skills, social skills, physical activity, and reduce parent stress.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Provision of signed and dated informed consent form (parents) and assent (participants)
  2. Stated willingness to comply with all study procedures and availability for the duration of the study
  3. Male or female, aged 6-8
  4. Diagnosed with ASD and gross motor deficits
  5. IQ borderline and above
  6. Parent(s) have sufficient proficiency with English language to allow for completion of required measures
  7. If on medication, stable for 3 or more months

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Parent unable to attend the multiple recreation sessions
  2. Inability of parent to complete study measures
  3. Unstable or untreated medical illnesses
  4. Child has a clearly diagnosable medical condition that could account for their motor difficulties (i.e. cerebral palsy)
  5. Child has severe abnormalities of vision or hearing
  6. Scheduled absences that would result in participants missing 4 or more days of the intervention
  7. Will be in any other gross motor or physical activity programming at any time during the duration of the intervention

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Flora Howie, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Flora Howie M.D.


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