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Parents’ Perspectives of Physical Activity in Their Adult Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Social-Ecological Approach

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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The Relationship of Motor Skills and Social Communicative Skills in School-Aged Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Megan MacDonald, Catherine Lord, and Dale A. Ulrich

Motor skill deficits are present and persist in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Staples & Reid, 2010). Yet the focus of intervention is on core impairments, which are part of the diagnostic criteria for ASD, deficits in social communication skills. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the functional motor skills, of 6- to 15-year-old children with high-functioning ASD, predict success in standardized social communicative skills. It is hypothesized that children with better motor skills will have better social communicative skills. A total of 35 children with ASD between the ages of 6–15 years participated in this study. The univariate GLM (general linear model) tested the relationship of motor skills on social communicative skills holding constant age, IQ, ethnicity, gender, and clinical ASD diagnosis. Object-control motor skills significantly predicted calibrated ASD severity (p < .05). Children with weaker motor skills have greater social communicative skill deficits. How this relationship exists behaviorally, needs to be explored further.

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Planning and Pedagogical Considerations for Teaching Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Physical Education

Andrew Sortwell, Bastian Carter-Thuillier, Ferman Konukman, Kate O’Brien, Soukaina Hattabi, and Kevin Trimble

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with a globally estimated rate of one in every 100 children ( Zeidan et al., 2022 ). This disorder is characterized by underdeveloped social and communication skills, restricted interests, atypical responses to sensations

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Evaluation of Overhand Throwing Among College Students With and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder

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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Physical Activity and Mental Health of Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Xiaoxia Zhang, Zackary G. Kern, and Joonkoo Yun

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are characterized as having difficulties in social interaction and communication and restrictive and repetitive patterns in behaviors, activities, and interests ( American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ). Many display developmental delays and low fitness

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Physical Literacy for Children Labeled With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Mothers’ Experiences of Ableism, Exclusion, and Trauma

Kyle Pushkarenko, Janice Causgrove Dunn, and Donna L. Goodwin

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been described as a developmental impairment represented through variable levels of ability in such areas as communication and language, social interaction, and behavior ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 ). ASD has traditionally been positioned

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Transfer and Retention Effects of a Motor Program in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Jin Bo, Bo Shen, YanLi Pang, Mingting Zhang, Yuan Xiang, Liangshan Dong, Yu Song, Patricia Lasutschinkow, Alina Dillahunt, and Dan Li

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges in social communication skills, as well as restrictive repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities ( American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ). Besides these core symptoms, delays of fundamental motor

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The Effect of Different Intervention Approaches on Gross Motor Outcomes of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-Analysis

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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Parent Physical Activity: A Systematic Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Norah L. Johnson, Abir K. Bekhet, Rachel Sawdy, Emily Zint, June Wang, Sylvia Pena, Hannah Zurcher, and Nina Enea

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated at 1 in 54 individuals in the United States. 1 Children with ASD have atypical language, and restrictive, repetitive behaviors. 2 Approximately 40% of children with ASD also have an intellectual disability 3 and other comorbid health

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Beyond the Motor Domain: Exploring the Secondary Effects of a Fundamental Motor Skill Intervention for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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