Condition category
Mental and Behavioural Disorders
Date applied
11/07/2012
Date assigned
26/07/2012
Last edited
15/01/2016
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Movement therapy is the use of movement and dance to improve the mental and physical well-being of a person. Studies suggest that movement therapy can help children with learning difficulties. In Saudi Arabia, the use of movement therapy for children with learning difficulties is either non-existent or very limited. It is therefore important that a study be conducted to explore the usefulness of movement therapy compared with normal physical education programmes. The aim of this study is to investigate the value of a movement therapy programme for children with mild learning difficulties in primary schools in Saudi Arabia.

Who can participate?
Children aged between 6 and 9 with mild learning difficulties.

What does the study involve?
Participants are randomly assigned to either the intervention group or the control group. The intervention group participates in a movement therapy programme consisting of three sessions per week for 8 weeks. Each session lasts for 45 minutes, making a total of 135 minutes of therapy per week. The control group attends a similar number of sessions in a conventional physical education programme. After 8 weeks the participants’ perceptual-motor abilities and emotional well-being are assessed. There is also a follow-up 3 months later.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The movement therapy programme aims to improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of children with mild learning difficulties. The results will add to the body of knowledge already existent in this field and highlight the options of therapy that may improve the wellbeing and learning abilities of these children.

Where is the study run from?
Queen Margaret University (UK)

When is study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
September to December 2012

Who is funding the study?
The government of Saudi Arabia

Who is the main contact?
Dr Vassiliki Karkou

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Vassiliki Karkou

ORCID ID

Contact details

Queen Margaret University
Queen Margaret University Drive
Musselburgh
East Lothian
Edinburgh
EH21 6UU
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N/A

Study information

Scientific title

A study of the impact of a movement therapy programme on perceptual motor abilities and emotional wellbeing for children with mild learning difficulties in primary schools in Saudi Arabia

Acronym

Study hypothesis

1. What is the value of 12 week movement therapy programme regarding perceptual-motor abilities and emotional wellbeing for children (boys) with mild learning difficulties in primary schools in Saudi Arabia as perceived by the therapist, teachers, parents and children (boys)?
2. How does a 12 week movement therapy programme affect perceptual motor abilities children (boys) with mild learning difficulty compared to a control group with the same learning difficulties who do not follow the programme?
3. How does a 12 week movement therapy programme affect the emotional wellbeing of children (boys) with mild learning difficulty compared to a control group with the same learning difficulties who do not follow the programme?
4. What are relationships between perceptual motor abilities and emotional wellbeing?

Ethics approval

Queen Margaret University Ethics Board, 14/06/2012

Study design

Randomised controlled trial

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

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Condition

Pupils who have mild learning difficulties

Intervention

The participants will be randomly assigned to either the intervention or control group.

The intervention (movement therapy) will consist of three sessions per week for the eight weeks. Each session will last for 45 minutes making a total of 135 minutes of therapy per week.

The control groups will have a similar number of sessions which represents the number of classes in a regular physical education programme.
Specifically this research will draw from the work of Marian Chace (1975) and further elaborated by Karkou (2006).

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Purdue perceptual-motor survey
2. Goodman's Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (STQ)

Secondary outcome measures

No secondary outcome measures

Overall trial start date

02/09/2012

Overall trial end date

15/12/2012

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

The researcher will use existing records of the students provided by schools. It will consider various determinants, including number of pupils who have mild learning difficulties, their age, and health status (the results of medical examination).

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Child

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

60

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Children with no apparent problems
2. A low intelligence quotient (IQ) (below 50)
3. Deafness
4. Blindness

Recruitment start date

02/09/2012

Recruitment end date

15/12/2012

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Saudi Arabia

Trial participating centre

Queen Margaret University
Edinburgh
EH21 6UU
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Queen Margaret University (UK)

Sponsor details

Queen Margaret University Drive
Musselburgh
East Lothian
Edinburgh
EH21 6UU
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.qmu.ac.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

15/01/2016: Plain English summary added.