Investigation of Body Awareness of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Aydın B.

19th İnternational Conferance on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL), Rome, Italy, 7 - 08 June 2017, pp.1-3

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-3
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

In this study, it is aimed to examine the body awareness and body parts of 28 male and 4 female students between 6-12 age group with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For children with autism spectrum disorder, A, B, and C activities were used to examine body parts and their awareness. Picture 1 displays activity A, in which body and its parts are shown irregularly. In activity B, the child is required to show his head, abdomen, nose, ears, eyes, hands, feet and mouth. In activity C, two parts of the body are stated consecutively and the child is expected to say the same. In addition, in the activity C, the child is also required to show the right and left sides of his head, right and left hands, right and left shoulders, right and left feet. Tests were evaluated in groups according to sex, and correct and false answers were evaluated as frequency and percentage. In the results of the study, in Test A, the proportion of the correct answers of male participants was 56% and the false answers was 44%, whereas the proportion of the correct answers of female participants was 67% and the false answers was 33%. In Test B, the proportion of the correct answers of male participants was 71% and the false answers was 29%, while the proportion of the correct answers of female participants was 87% and the false answers was 13%. In Test C, the proportion of the correct answers of male participants was 32% and the false answers was 68%, while the proportion of the correct answers of female participants was 40% and the false answers was 60%. As a result, it is thought that it will be effective to present stimuli supplemented with much simpler visuals instead of complex stimuli in applications for body awareness in children and adolescents with ASD.

Keywords: autism, body awareness.