Initial Invention of Therapy Table for Autism to Avoid the Table Being Pushed or Flipped by Autistic Children


In individual therapy for autism, a problem occurs in which autistic children often push the therapy table. Further, in children with large posture, they can even flip the table upside down during tantrums because their energy can no longer be held by the therapists. This behavior disrupts the course of the therapy. This research was conducted through observations on 12 autistic children (9 boys, 3 girls) using video recordings, each in one duration of individual therapy session. Interviews were carried out with 20 therapists and parents of children with autism to determine the sitting habits of the autistic children, and find out how the children push the table. The results showed that 25% of children with autism pushed the therapy table, causing the table to flip upside down, while the rest of the children only displaced the table. The study identified the sitting habits of autistic children so that alternative table design recommendation using an addition of bottom mat was formulated. The mat addition attached at the bottom of the table can be used more effectively during therapy. The results of this study can be taken into consideration when designing therapy tables for autistic children.

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Dwi Purnamasari, Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia
Lulu Purwaningrum, Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2019
Stream: Nurturing Creativity & Innovation: New

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