Chinese Mind-Body Exercise Improves Self-Control In Autistic Children

10 Sep

Information about Nei Yang Gong can be found at http://www.neiyanggong.us/nei-yang-gong-about.html

Science Abstracts

In this study children trained in a traditional Chinese mind-body exercise showed greater improvements in self-control than the control group using PMR.

Open access from PLOS ONE
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0068184

A Chinese Mind-Body Exercise Improves Self-Control of Children with Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Self-control problems commonly manifest as temper outbursts and repetitive/rigid/impulsive behaviors, in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), which often contributes to learning difficulties and caregiver burden. The present study aims to compare the effect of a traditional Chinese Chan-based mind-body exercise, Nei Yang Gong, with that of the conventional Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) technique in enhancing the self-control of children with ASD. Forty-six age- and IQ-matched ASD children were randomly assigned to receive group training in Nei Yang Gong (experimental group) or PMR (control group) twice per week for four weeks. The participants’ self-control was measured by three neuropsychological tests and parental rating on standardized questionnaires, and the…

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