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ERIC Number: ED445437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Addressing the Needs of Children with Autism: An Evaluation of a Gymnastics Program for Children with Autism and Related Disorders.
Leahy, Cynthia; Rarig, Monica; Chambliss, Catherine
This paper describes and evaluates a gymnastic program for children (ages 4-9) with autism and related developmental disorders. An introductory section reviews the literature on characteristics of children with autism and discusses how traditional education is inadequate for such children. Review of the literature on effective interventions notes the importance of a structured environment, behavior modification techniques, positive peer interaction, and play skills training. The 45-minute weekly program served 12 children with various pervasive developmental disorders. The structured program utilized a high staff-student ratio and included both group activities as well as individual skill development on various apparatus. A survey of parents at the 7th and 11th weeks indicated high levels of satisfaction with the program. Although measures of students' gross motor and listening skills did not reveal significant changes, a significantly higher percentage of students could perform motor skills independently at the end of the program. Parents also expressed a desire for more recreationally oriented programs. Appendices include the parental waiver form, the parent survey, and a program description. (Contains 22 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A