A Self-Narrative Study: Changes in Physical Ability and Social Communication in Children with Autism through Taekwondo Training with Elements of Music Therapy from the Parents’ Perspective

Kam-Ming MOK*, Corliss H. H. SZE, Clare C. W. YU*, Emma MAK, Dorothy F. Y. CHAN, Simpson W. L. WONG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) significantly affects social and motor skills development in early, middle or even late childhood. To promote social and motor skills development among autistic children, an intervention consisting of Taekwondo and elements of music therapy was designed and implemented in Hong Kong. The objective of the current study is to investigate the effectiveness of this training, based on parents’ observations of their children who had completed the key stage of the training. Thirteen parents or caregivers (n = 13) whose children with autism participated in our Taekwondo training for two months were interviewed. Three major themes were identified by thematic analysis: (A) social skills-related change after the intervention, (B) motor skills-related change after the intervention, (C) characteristics of the intervention (i.e., session arrangement, tutor/coach attitude). Our findings show that our training was perceived by parents to have a significant impact on the promotion of physical ability and social communication in autistic children.
Original languageEnglish
Article number530
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Volume14
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2024

Keywords

  • cognitive ability
  • mental health
  • children
  • physical health
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • social skills
  • Taekwondo intervention

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