The physical activity patterns of children with autism

Author: Ulrich Dale; Esposito Phil; MacDonald Megan
Language: English
Published: 2011
Source: Directory of Open Access Journals: DOAJ Articles
Online Access: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/4/422
https://doaj.org/toc/1756-0500
doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-422
1756-0500
https://doaj.org/article/37e73fa19b4d459a8ed23e7f182153dd
https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-4-422
https://doaj.org/article/37e73fa19b4d459a8ed23e7f182153dd
Identification number: ftdoajarticles:oai:doaj.org/article:37e73fa19b4d459a8ed23e7f182153dd

Summary

Abstract Background Although motor deficits are gaining attention in autism research much less attention has been paid to the physical activity patterns in this group of children. The participants in this study were a group of children with autism spectrum disorder (N = 72) between the ages of 9-18 years. This cross-sectional study explored the physical activity patterns of seventy-two children with autism spectrum disorder as they aged. Findings Results indicated significant differences between the mean time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity and the mean time spent in sedentary activity. Older children with autism spectrum disorder are significantly more physically inactive, compared to younger children. Conclusions Physical activity programs and interventions need to address this deficit, in physical activity. Children with autism have a similar trend in physical activity patterns compared to their peers without autism; associated benefits and future research will be discussed.