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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29541

Title: Physical Activity Participation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Exploratory Study
Authors: Engel, Atara
Advisor: Berg, Katherine
Department: Rehabilitation Science
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Physical Activity
Issue Date: 24-Aug-2011
Abstract: Introduction: Little is known about the physical activity [PA] habits of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [ASD]. ASD specific PA barriers and facilitators have not been investigated. Purpose: To describe the PA habits of children with ASD and the barriers and facilitators to optimal PA participation. Methods: Twenty-three parents of children with ASD reported on their child’s PA habits, perceived barriers to PA participation, and functioning. A rating scale was applied to score responses and children were classified into functional level groups and PA level groups. Results: On average, children were reported to meet or exceeded national PA frequency guidelines, belonged to active families and participated in a variety of physical activities. Parents identified several barriers to optimal PA for their children. Conclusions: Children with ASD can attain optimal PA. Exposure to a variety of PA opportunities and experiences aids in identifying the ideal activity for each individual child.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29541
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