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Title of the resource
"A mindfulness-based strategy for self-management of aggressive behavior in adolescents with autism"
Who am I?
Teacher, Person with autism, Care giver
Type of the resource
Scientific article, Approach/intervention
Languages available
English
Country of implementation
USA
Type of access
Payment needed, Open to targeted communities only (such as psychiatrists/psychologists/teachers/etc.)
Main description
In this paper is evaluated the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based procedure, Meditation on the Soles of the Feet, in helping three adolescents to manage their physical aggression. This procedure required the adolescents to rapidly shift the focus of their attention from the aggression-triggering event to a neutral place on their body, the soles of their feet. Incidents of aggression across the three adolescents ranged from a mean of 14-20 per week during baseline, 4-6 per week during mindfulness training, including zero rates during the last 4 weeks of intervention. Aggression occurred a rate of about 1 per year during a 3-year follow-up. All in all, the results suggest adolescents with autism can learn, and effectively use, a mindfulness-based procedure to self-manage their physical aggression over several years.
Resource
Type of setting
Mainstream school, Care centre, Home environment, Controlled environment (therapy room/sensory room/specialized lab)
Type of challenge addressed
Anxiety, Frustration, Communication, Sensory needs, Concentration, Challenging behaviour, Prerumble and Meltdown moments

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