Effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in performing eye-hand integration tasks: Four preliminary studies with children showing low-functioning autism

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Abstract

This report, based on four studies with children with low-functioning autism, aimed at evaluating the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation delivered on the left and right premotor cortices on eye-hand integration tasks; defining the long-lasting effects of high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation; and investigating the real efficacy of high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation by comparing three kinds of treatments (high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, a traditional eye-hand integration training, and both treatments combined). Results showed a significant increase in eye-hand performances only when high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation was delivered on the left premotor cortex; a persistent improvement up to 1 h after the end of the stimulation; better outcomes in the treatment combining high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and eye-hand integration training. Based on these preliminary findings, further evaluations on the usefulness of high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in rehabilitation of children with autism are strongly recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-650
Number of pages13
JournalAutism
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorders
  • premotor cortex
  • rehabilitation
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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