Phenomenological Research on Autistic Children Research Paper by Nicky

An in-depth research paper on the use of phenomenological methodology in the treatment of autism and Asperger's syndrome.
# 146329 | 5,204 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2010 in Psychology (Disorders) , Biology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper explores the use of phenomenological methodology in relation to treating children with autism or Asperger's syndrome and specifically investigates whether forcing these children through repetitious motions improves their communicative capacity. The paper conducts an extensive literature review and reveals the findings of this study that the brain is capable of creating new pathways for transmission of information and that specific learning activities have been found successful in working with autistic children. The paper offers recommendations for future research.

Introduction to the Study
Purpose of the Study
Significance of the Study
Expected Outcome of the Study
Literature Review
Summary of the Literature Reviewed
Findings of the Study
Conclusions of the Study

From the Paper:

"Allopathic medicine is reluctant to accept phenomenological data from patients or patient caregivers to contribute to diagnostics or treatment courses of action. If allopathic medicine were more open to non-quantifiable inputs, or made an effort to quantify patient inputs, such as rating pain on a scale of 1 to 10, they would improve their predictive analysis. Using the totality of quantifiable metrics and the patient's experiential descriptions would lead to greater acceptance of some treatment options which have shown some success with young autistic children performing repetitive motion or tumbling maneuvers, which in theory replicates the normal in-utero movements a fetus would make and which are essential to brain development and function. Taking autistic children and forcing them through the repetitious motions has shown some promise in restoring or building functional and communicative capacity."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Congressional Appropriations Committee Report on the State of Autism Research (2004) Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. April 2004. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Online available at:
  • Denckla, M. (2006) Pathophysiology of Autism; Brain Mechanisms. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 15 Aug 2006. Online available at:
  • Doidge, Norman (2007) The Brain That Changes Itself. Kindle Books. 15 Mar 2007. Excerpt online available at:
  • Harris, Shakun (2008) New Brain Research. Writings on Design, Society, and Travel. 2 Dec 2008. Online available at:
  • Jefferson, Brandie M. (2006) A Healing of Souls Using Rock'n' Roll. Los Angeles Times 9 Aug 2006. Online available at: s/RockandRoll.pdf

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