AquOTic for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Autism Spectrum Disorder
AquOTic - Behavioral
< 18
All Sexes
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Study Summary

Accidental drowning is the number one cause of death in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and highlights the critical need for swim lessons and water safety training for this population. Our team has developed and tested an innovative, occupational therapy (OT) based aquatic program - AquOTic - that provides preliminary support for the use of an individualized swim skills training intervention in children with ASD. The AquOTic program uses a combination of sensory, motor learning, and behavioral approaches to improve water safety and swim skills. In this study, we will use a randomized control trial design to identify the efficacy of the AquOTic intervention to improve swim performance in children with ASD.

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

3 Primary · 0 Secondary · Reporting Duration: pre intervention, immediately after the intervention

baseline, pre-intervention; immediately after the intervention
Change in swim skills
Hour 8
Parent Perspective
pre intervention, immediately after the intervention
Questionnaire to track change in parent perception and satisfaction with progress on individualized family-centered goals

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

1 of 2
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

36 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: AquOTic · No Placebo Group · N/A

Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: AquOTic · Intervention Types: Behavioral
ControlNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: Control · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: pre intervention, immediately after the intervention

Trial Background

Prof. Erika Kemp, Assistant Professor, Clinical
Principal Investigator
Ohio State University
Closest Location: The Ohio State University · Columbus, OH
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2011First Recorded Clinical Trial
3 TrialsResearching Autism Spectrum Disorder
342 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age < 18 · All Participants · 1 Total Inclusion Criteria

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About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.