UNAIR NEWS – People with autism have been lacking in motor skills. However, by implementing an environmental motor program using terrarium and Leppy (Learn, Play, and Happy) method, a team of five Universitas Airlangga students successfully trained them to autistic children and able to improve their ability to hold, assemble, pick up objects and improve other concentrations.
“Our assistance in improving the motor skills of autistic kids is named TERROMANTIS which means” Motor Terrarium for Autistics “, said Kartika Khoirun Mutmainah, the leader of Student Creativity Program Team for Community Service category (PKMM) Universitas Airlangga.
For this success, the research team consisting of Kartika Khoirun Mutmainah (leader) and members Tiara Prastiana Putri, Eva Rosdiana Dewi, Nokky Farra Fazria, and Brilian Ratna Wati successfully qualified for funding grant from the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) in PKM 2018 program.
Kartika also said that an environmental motor program for autistic children using terrarium with Leppy method has been practiced by teachers at Salsabila Special School (SSS) in Tuban District, East Java. The goal is to train motor function of children with autism.
“Our team has been disseminating and training teachers in SSS so they can train their children with special needs (ABK) in their schools,” added Kartika.
This program is able to improve motor skills for children with autism, improve insight and concern for the environment. Because terrarium made from succulent plants grown in transparent containers has the benefit of absorbing CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the air and producing oxygen that is useful for the environment.
Why is that? Kartika said that the responsibility to this environment of all mankind. It also motivates us that people with autism are able to contribute to their environment, it is expected that everyone can do the same.
“We hope this program can be an alternative of motor therapy for children with autism who are implemented in inclusive schools,” Kartika said. (*)
Editor: Bambang Bes