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Using Mobile Technology to Reduce Stereotypy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02124720
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 28, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 26, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Marc Lanovaz, Université de Montréal

Brief Summary:
Nearly all children with autism spectrum disorders engage in non-functional repetitive vocal and motor behaviours commonly referred to as stereotypy. These repetitive behaviours may considerably interfere with the child's daily functioning, learning, and social inclusion. As such, stereotypy generally has a negative impact on the child and family's health and quality of life. Several behavioural interventions have been developed to reduce engagement in stereotypy in children with autism spectrum disorders, but the limited number of specialists available, the long waiting lists associated with public health services in Canada, and the high costs of private services have considerably restricted accessibility. One potential solution to the limited availability and high costs of services is using a mobile application to recommend, teach, and monitor interventions designed to reduce engagement in stereotypy. To this end, the purpose of the study is to evaluate the effects of the iSTIM (i.e., individualized Stereotypy Treatment Integrated Modules), a mobile application designed to assist parents in reducing stereotypy in children with autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, we will assess whether the iSTIM correctly estimates the frequency or duration of stereotypy, offers suggestions consistent with recommended clinical practices, effectively reduces engagement in stereotypy, and is socially acceptable, safe, and easy to use for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. The results of the study will allow us to determine whether the mobile application may be used to treat this core symptom in children with autism spectrum disorders, which could potentially reduce waiting times and costs of providing health services to this population. By reducing engagement in stereotypy, the iSTIM may also promote and facilitate the social participation as well as improve the quality of life and health of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive Behavioral: iSTIM Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 39 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Using Mobile Technology to Reduce Stereotypy in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Study Start Date : December 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : February 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Mobile application
Use of the iSTIM mobile application 2 to 4 times per week over approximately 8 to 16 weeks
Behavioral: iSTIM
Trained research assistants and parents will implement the assessments and interventions recommended by the iSTIM mobile application during sessions lasting between 10 and 60 minutes

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Frequency and duration of stereotypy [ Time Frame: 2 to 4 times per week over 8 to 16 weeks ]
    Direct observation of the frequency and duration of stereotypy during 10- to 60-minute sessions

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Social validity score [ Time Frame: Immediately following the end of the intervention (i.e., after 8 to 16 weeks) ]
    The user responds to a social validity questionnaire

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders
  • Must engage in at least one form of stereotypy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Stereotypy occurs less than 12 times per hour (or less than 20% of time)
  • The form of stereotypy is potentially dangerous for the person (e.g., head banging, self-biting)
  • The form of stereotypy is maintained by social consequences (e.g., attention, task avoidance)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02124720

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Canada, Ontario
Monarch House
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5L 5Y6
Canada, Quebec
CRDITED de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H8R 2H1
Gold Centre
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
Université de Montréal
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Principal Investigator: Marc J Lanovaz, Ph.D. Université de Montréal

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Responsible Party: Marc Lanovaz, Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal Identifier: NCT02124720    
Other Study ID Numbers: CERFAS-2014-15-030-P
First Posted: April 28, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 26, 2019
Last Verified: September 2019
Keywords provided by Marc Lanovaz, Université de Montréal:
Autism spectrum disorders
Repetitive behavior
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Autism Spectrum Disorder
Developmental Disabilities
Child Development Disorders, Pervasive
Stereotypic Movement Disorder
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders