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Young children with ASD participate in the same level of physical activity as children without ASD: implications for early intervention to maintain good health

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posted on 01.08.2019, 00:00 authored by S Thomas, Trina Hinkley, Lisa BarnettLisa Barnett, Tamara May, Nicole Rinehart
Primary-school-aged children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are reported to engage in lower levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) compared to typically developing (TD) children (Jones et al. in PLoS ONE, 12(2):1-23, 2017). Levels of MVPA in young children with ASD remain unclear. This study aimed to investigate MVPA in 4-to-7-year-old children with (n = 37) and without (n = 40) ASD, to determine if MVPA is related to ASD diagnosis; and examine correlates to better inform interventions. Results indicated children with ASD engage in the same levels of MVPA as TD children. Future studies need to further explore MVPA in children with ASD over time to uncover when the divergence in MVPA levels occur and what factors may be associated.

History

Journal

Journal of autism and developmental disorders

Volume

49

Issue

8

Pagination

3278 - 3289

Publisher

Springer

Location

Cham, Switzerland

ISSN

0162-3257

eISSN

1573-3432

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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