Implementation Fidelity of a Mindfulness-Based Yoga Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families: a Pilot Study

Date
2019
Authors
Garcia, Jeanette M.
Baker, Kayla
Diaz, Morgan R.
Tucker, Jennifer E.
Kelchner, Viki P.
Rice, David J.
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Springer International Publishing
Abstract
Families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit from mindfulness-based interventions; however, few studies have examined such programs. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to demonstrate the implementation fidelity of a mindfulness-based yoga program for children with ASD and their families. Eight children and their families participated in separate, concurrent yoga sessions of identical curriculum. Implementation fidelity was assessed through observations and participant/instructor interviews. The study showed a high degree of implementation fidelity with standardized curriculum instruction, positive responsiveness from participants, and unique aspects of program differentiation. Results indicate that a mindfulness-based yoga program, providing separate sessions for both children and their families, may be especially beneficial to the entire family and enhance family relationships.
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Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Social work::Family research, Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Social work::Disability research
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Garcia, J. M., Baker, K., Diaz, M. R., Tucker, J. E., Kelchner, V. P., & Rice, D. J. (2019). Implementation Fidelity of a Mindfulness-Based Yoga Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families: a Pilot Study. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Multidisciplinary Research and Practice Across the Lifespan, 3(1), 54–62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41252-018-0091-3
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