EXPECTATIONS OF PARENTS FROM SPORTIVE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR THEIR CHILD WITH AUTISM AND THEIR VIEWS OVER AUTISM FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT


Ozaydin L., Usak E.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY, vol.15, pp.1493-1506, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1493-1506

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the expectations of parents having a child with autism trying to integrate their life with their child to normal life, their views over institutions, and their recommendations with regard to a healthy, secure, easily accessible and autism friendly environment. The participants of the study was made up of 4 mothers and 3 fathers, 7 people in total, having a child with autism at the age of 5-12 ages, living in Ankara. In the current study that was carried out depending on quantitative data, the data needed were collected through an interview form developed by the researchers and containing 10 questions. The data collected were analysed through content analysis (induction) technique containing the processes of printing out of the data, coding the data, finding the themes and organising the codes and themes. The findings of the current study comprised of three themes and the sub-theme of the themes obtained from the answers given to the questions in the interview form by the participant. These main themes are: (a) the expectations of the participant; (b) the views of participant over current case; (c) autism friendly environment. In the current study, it was found that parents were insistent over security issues. In addition, parents pointed out that they needed a complex of sports and activities where they can spend their spare time in a good way and parents should be included in the concept of autism friendly environment. When special education experts, city planning experts, landscape architects, people working at municipalities and sportive activities take these results into consideration, they will offer better and more comfortable opportunities for individuals.