Starting Brief/Summary: This Pilot Study for the Makoto Arena is being done by Washington University in St Louis and 360 Fitness, LLC with equipment provided by Makoto USA, Inc. Hard copies of the poster data and supporting study material will be provided over the next two weeks.
Data at this poster presentation at Washington University on April 23rd 2012 showed strong results, especially for participants of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) group. Participants in the control group showed reaction time improvement and their effect size was strong, but the improvements seen for children of the ASD group were greater with a stronger effect size. Effect size is a statistical concept that measures the strength of the relationship between two variables or research on a numeric scale. Pre testing was done for each student prior to using Makoto and post testing was done afterwards to compare data points.
Early data showed improvements in the following areas:
- Manual Dexterity
- Bilateral Coordination
- Fine Motor Integration
Data showed that the children in the Control Group and the ASD group both had improved Short Term Working Memory and Organization of Material. Improvements in these areas would also be seen as improved learning in the classroom, reading, math, etc. The Short Term Memory improvement was quite significant and very strong. The Short Term Working Memory data is what Pete Trapani refers to as the holy grail of all the data. Wash U is now analyzing the rest of the data and trying to correlate improved reaction time to other cognitive functions including Sensory Integration which also showed great gains.
The results of this pilot study are very exciting because it indicates the use of equipment (Makoto) as an effective intervention for ASD as opposed to medication. Wash U said early results from the data are strong enough that they recommend a larger study be done. More data will be coming out over the next 30 days.