R. Nazım Saraçoğlu, Ahmet Şirinkan


The aim of this research is to investigate the effects of pilates movement training program which ıs applied to autism spectrum children on student’s flexibility and balance development. 26 students (12 male+6 female) participated to this research. The age of the students were formed as group of 6-12 aged, two groups have been created for research. 18 students were determined as experimental (12 male+6 female), 18 students were determined as a second control group (12 male+6 female), while creating group, it is paid attention to not to be similar in student’s age, gender, physical appearance. The research data’s were analysed by SPSS v16 program, the pre-test & post-test comparisons and minimum, maximum, values were tabulated. Even though according to research results there is not seen any development in control group, the significant development is seen in experimental group (p<0,05) and in balance development (p<0,001). As a result, it is observed that the pilates special movement training program which is applied to autism spectrum children’s provides a positive contribution to children’s physical properties, ability of flexibility and balance.


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