2021, Volume 1, Issue 2
The effect of the therapeutic recreation program for children with autistic spectrum disorder on their social skills
Arzu KOÇAK UYAROĞLU1, Ezgi ERTÜZÜN2, Fatma TAŞ ARSLAN3
1 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Selcuk University
2Department of Recreation, Faculty of Sports Sciences, Selcuk University
3Department of Pediatric Health and Diseases,Faculty of Nursing, Selcuk University
Author for correspondence: Arzu KOÇAK UYAROĞLU; Department of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Selcuk University; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: This study was carried out to reveal the effect of the recreational therapy program on the social skills of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
Material and method: The study was conducted in a one group pre experimental design with a pre-test and a post-test. The data were collected through the Family Information Form and the Autism Social Skills Profile (ASSP) Scale. To evaluate the data, t-test was performed in dependent groups.
Results: It was found that the difference between the pre-test and post-test mean scores for the Social Reciprocity and Social Participation/Avoidance sub-dimensions of the scale was statistically significant; while the difference between the pre-test and post-test mean scores for the Harmful Social Behaviors sub-dimension was not statistically significant.
Conclusion: It has been observed that the recreational therapy program for children with ASD affected the social skills of children positively.
Key words: autism spectrum disorder, recreational therapy, social skills