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 .
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.