Setareh Haj Divan BachariAzarbaijan Shahid Madani University, Iran
Title: Effectiveness of motor perception skills training on executive functions of children with autism spectrum disorders
The research method was semi-experimental with pre-test-post-test design applied on two experimental and control groups. The statistical population consisted of all children aged 5-18 years old with autism, 30 of which were selected through the available sampling method. They were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. The experimental group participated in Kephart’s motor-perception Skills training during the twelve weeks, and no intervention was performed in the control group. The research tool was the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function(BRIEF).Testing the hypothesis of the research, the effectiveness of Kephart’s training on executive functioning of children with autism spectrum disorders, showed that performing trainings had a significant effect (p<0.05) on improving the executive functions. It can be said, students in the upper grades are incompatible aspects of emotional regulation, and this interaction leads to a much greater impact on their emotional problems.
Keywords: autism spectrum disorders, motor-perception skills training, executive functioning