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Promoting Positive Health Outcomes in an Urban Community-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Preschool Aged Children on the Autism Spectrum

Authors
  • Ketcheson, Leah1
  • Staples, Kerri2
  • Pitchford, Edward Andrew3
  • Loetzner, Franziska1
  • 1 Wayne State University,
  • 2 University of Michigan,
  • 3 Iowa State University,
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 18, 2021
Pages
1–15
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-021-04871-7
PMID: 33459918
PMCID: PMC7812710
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

While there is wide consensus regarding the importance of early intervention, health is rarely considered within priorities. Twenty-five children on the autism spectrum ( M age = 4.67, SD = 0.82) participated in a 12-week physical activity intervention. Primary objective was to examine impact of a physical activity intervention on physical activity, fitness and motor competence. Secondary objective was to examine associations between motor behavior and ASD symptoms. Ball skills ( p < .001) and isometric push-up performance ( p = .02) improved. Autism symptoms were associated with motor skills ( r > − .49, p < .05). Study outcomes provide new knowledge regarding design, delivery, and measures for early interventions targeting health disparities in young children on the autism spectrum. Supplementary Information The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s10803-021-04871-7.

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