Date of Paper/Work
Type of Paper/Work
Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy
Julie D. Bass
This review explored the following question: Are the comprehensive treatment models Makoto Therapy, Brain Gym, and Interactive Metronome effective interventions for improving occupational performance including improving executive function, academic performance, and physical coordination in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Because current research on Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym®, and Makoto Therapy fails to address children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, presents multiple flaws in research design, and does not measure occupational outcomes such as occupational performance, we recommend that these interventions should not be used as comprehensive treatment models in occupational therapy. We recommend that more occupational-based, methodologically-sound research involving youth with ASD be conducted before implementing these interventions in occupational therapy practice.
Thelen, Alanna; Tiedt, Emily M.; Vang, Sara C.; Wagle, Patricia L.; Weber, Laura K.; Wood, Jordan T.; Yares, Lauren K.; Zahr, Rebecca A.; Zimmerli, Beth M.; and Bass, Julie D., "Movement Interventions for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities: An Evidence-Based Practice Project" (2016). Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy Theses and Projects. 12.