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Megan MacDonald, Catherine Lord, and Dale A. Ulrich

In addition to the core characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), motor skill deficits are present, persistent, and pervasive across age. Although motor skill deficits have been indicated in young children with autism, they have not been included in the primary discussion of early intervention content. One hundred fifty-nine young children with a confirmed diagnosis of ASD (n = 110), PDD-NOS (n = 26), and non-ASD (n = 23) between the ages of 14–33 months participated in this study.1 The univariate general linear model tested the relationship of fine and gross motor skills and social communicative skills (using calibrated autism severity scores). Fine motor and gross motor skills significantly predicted calibrated autism severity (p < .05). Children with weaker motor skills have greater social communicative skill deficits. Future directions and the role of motor skills in early intervention are discussed.

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Kassi A. Boyd and Donna L. Goodwin

Public spaces, such as leisure settings, can be heavily regulated and hierarchically arranged, imposing restrictive social expectations that lead to the mistreatment, exclusion, and violation of dignity of some people ( Ryan, 2005 ). It has been argued that children on the autism spectrum

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E. Andrew Pitchford and E. Kipling Webster

, & Visscher, 2011 ), autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Liu, Hamilton, Davis, & ElGarhy, 2014 ; Pan, Tsai, & Chu, 2009 ; Staples & Reid, 2010 ), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; Harvey & Reid, 1997 ; Harvey et al., 2007 , 2009 ), and visual impairments ( Haibach, Wagner, & Lieberman, 2014

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Teri Todd

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Ran Zheng, Ilana D. Naiman, Jessica Skultety, Steven R. Passmore, Jim Lyons, and Cheryl M. Glazebrook

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined clinically by impairments in communication, social interaction, and behavioral flexibility ( American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ). According to Autism Speaks Inc. ( 2018 ), autism affects one in 59 children, specifically one in 37 boys. Prevalence rates

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Teri A. Todd, Keely Ahrold, Danielle N. Jarvis, and Melissa A. Mache

According to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, one in 59 children aged 8 years is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States ( Baio et al., 2018 ). Furthermore, it is estimated that 1–2% of the population in North America is living with ASD

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Alice M. Buchanan, Benjamin Miedema, and Georgia C. Frey

addressing either PA as a health behavior or the factors that influence PA in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To date, we found only one study that specifically reported PA levels in a sample of adults with ASD ( Eaves & Ho, 2008 ). Eaves and Ho conducted a longitudinal study on outcomes in

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Layne Case and Joonkoo Yun

The most recent prevalence rates suggest that one in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Baio, 2018 ), a neurodevelopmental disability with common diagnostic features, such as the presence of restrictive and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, and

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Leanne K. Elliott, Jonathan A. Weiss, and Meghann Lloyd

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience delayed and poor-quality motor skills; in fact, poor motor skills are now considered to be a cardinal feature of ASD by many ( Colombo-Dougovito & Block, 2019 ; Dziuk et al., 2007 ; Fournier et al., 2010 ; LeBarton & Landa, 2019

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Chunxiao Li, Lijuan Wang, Martin E. Block, Raymond K.W. Sum, and Yandan Wu

been neglected in the research is PE teachers’ self-efficacy toward including children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). ASD is one of the fastest rising childhood developmental disorders. For example, recent data in the United States show 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with ASD ( Christensen et