EFFECT OF AQUATIC EXERCISES APPROACH (HALLIWICK-THERAPY) ON MOTOR SKILLS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
Aim. During neurological rehabilitation, monitoring of all points performed less frequently, since the main objective of the therapeutic use of Halliwick concept is independent swimming, but if you improve both independence outside as in the water. The 10-point program is complemented by the specific water therapy, a system for creating individual exercises that can be adapted and increased in difficulty by carefully selecting a combination of hydro mechanical effects, initial position and task. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of aquatic exercises approach (Halliwick-therapy) on motor skills for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Methods. The study sample was selected from Al Amal Association in Mansoura state. The research sample consisted of (14) autistic children, and (4) autistic children were excluded for conducting the exploratory study.
Results. Statistical analyses showed that:
* Statistically significant differences between the pretests and posttests for the experimental group in 20m run, the standing broad jump test, Mushroom Float and Walking in the pool.
* No significant differences between the pretests and posttests for the experimental group in Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS).
Conclusions. Ten weeks from aquatic exercises approach (Halliwick-therapy) could affected on motor abilities for children with autism spectrum disorders. These results have to be taken into account by instructors in order to better understand and implicated of these concepts for technical effects of therapy.
Keywords: Halliwick-therapy, aquatic exercises, autism spectrum disorders.
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