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Open Access Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

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Chinese Calligraphic Handwriting (CCH): Treatment of Clinical Symptoms of Children with Autism Volume 2 - Issue 1

Henry SR Kao1*, Hu Bin2, Yushi Jiang3 and Tin Tin Kao1

  • 1Department of Psychology University of Hong Kong, China
  • 2Haidian Special School for Mental Retardation, Beijing
  • 3Yishuge gGmbH, Berlin

Received: November 26, 2019;   Published: December 05, 2019

*Corresponding author: Henry SR Kao, Department of Psychology University of Hong Kong, China

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Abstract

Background: Chinese calligraphy handwriting (CCH) enhances one’s cognitive, emotional and physiological functions and mental health conditions. Its applications have resulted in behavioral change, mental relaxation as well as improvements in the clinical conditions of the children with, Autism, ADHD and PTSD, showing positive and significant results Kao [1].

Objectives: We tested the treatment effects of CCH training on reducing autistic children’s behavioural changes and clinical symptoms exhibited in schools and at home.

Method: The experiment included 30 autistic children whose behaviour activities and clinical symptoms were measured by the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) and the Infant Behavioral Summarized Evaluation (IBSE). The CCH writing task involved 40 minutes a day, five days a week, for a total of 4 consecutive weeks. The assessment took place five times: once before the experiment, and once per week during the four week’s training period.

Results: There were post-CCH training improvement in the four dimensions of Socialization, Communication, Living Environment and Attention/Consciousness, and the Total Score at the 0.01 level of significance of the IBSE assessment. Similarly, we found post-CCH training improvements for the Total Score and the 3 behavior dimensions of Interpersonal Relations, Verbal Communication and Strange Movements, and Rituals of the CARS subscales also all at 0.01 level of significance.

Discussion: The findings of this experiment were overwhelming: in most aspects of the autistic disorders measured by the ISBE (5/7) and CARS (4/5), there were highly significant changes and improvements as a result of the CCH training. These outcomes have important theoretical and practical implications.

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