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Research Article | Open Access
Volume 16 2024 | None
Examining the Opinions of Mothers Who Have Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on Outdoor Practices
Ezgi Emine Olaş, Esra Betül Kölemen
Pages: 123-137
Outdoor activities are a need for children. This need is felt more in children diagnosed with ASD. These children's limited eye contact, avoidance of physical interaction, and inability to adapt to the rules of social life limit their participation in outdoor activities. From this point of view, this study aimed to examine the views of mothers who have children diagnosed with ASD on outdoor practices. The participants consisted of 13 mothers with children diagnosed with ASD in a special education kindergarten affiliated to the Ministry of National Education in Adapazarı district of Sakarya province in the 2022-2023 academic year. Data were collected using Demographic Information Form and Semi-structured Parent Interview Form, which was prepared by the researcher and received expert opinion. According to the results of the research mothers with higher levels of education stated that they want their children with ASD to be active in outdoor activities in all weather conditions, as long as they are dressed appropriately. On the other hand, mothers with lower levels of education stated that they should not take their children out too much in bad weather because they would get sick and that shopping malls and parks are more effective in the socialization of children and that these areas are more crowded.
Outdoor Education, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Early Childhood Education.