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Self-Regulation in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders “SR-MRehab: Un Colegio Emocionante”: A Protocol Study

Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Division, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Granada, Avda. De la Ilustración nº60, 18016 Granada, Spain
Primary Care Center Zaidín Sur, Granada Metropolitan Sanitary District, 18007 Granada, Spain
Biohealth Research Institute (ibs.GRANADA), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Virgen de las Nieves University Hospital, Jaén street, s/n, 18013 Granada, Spain
LoUISE Research Group, Computing Systems Department, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 02071 Albacete, Spain
CIBERSAM, Biomedical Research Networking Centre in Mental Health, 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4198;
Received: 7 May 2020 / Revised: 9 June 2020 / Accepted: 9 June 2020 / Published: 12 June 2020
Self-regulation refers to the ability to control and modulate behavior, and it can include both emotional and cognitive modulation. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders may show difficulties in self-regulation. The main objective of this study is to improve self-regulation skills in children between 6 and 11 years of age with neurodevelopmental disorders. Methodology: A randomized controlled trial will be conducted with the use of “SR-MRehab: Un colegio emocionante”, based on a non-immersive virtual reality system where virtual objects can be managed by children in a natural way using their hands. Children will be recruited from several schools of Granada (Spain) and they will be randomly allocated to two groups. An assessment will be conducted before and after the intervention and 24 weeks after the end of the intervention process. The experimental group will receive the intervention using virtual reality. The control group will receive a standard self-regulation program. Both interventions will be performed once a week for a total of 10 sessions. Changes in self-regulation, as well as the acceptability of technology with the use of SR-MRehab, will be evaluated. The results will be published and will provide evidence regarding the use of this type of intervention in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Trial registration: Registered with code NCT04418921. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotional regulation; executive functions; ADHD; ASD; children; virtual reality emotional regulation; executive functions; ADHD; ASD; children; virtual reality
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Romero-Ayuso, D.; Alcántara-Vázquez, P.; Almenara-García, A.; Nuñez-Camarero, I.; Triviño-Juárez, J.M.; Ariza-Vega, P.; Molina, J.-P.; González, P. Self-Regulation in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders “SR-MRehab: Un Colegio Emocionante”: A Protocol Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4198.

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