Recruiting for New Study: “Physical Activity Experiences of Autistic Adults”

Starting now, a colleague from the California State University, Chico and I are recruiting for a study investigating how autistic adults have experienced with physical activity and exercise. In this study, we will be interviewing adults about how they view physical activity, the role physical activity has played in their life, and what they feel are the greatest barriers and/or facilitators of their activity. 


If you have been diagnosed with autism or autism spectrum or aspergers as any point in your life, you are 18 years or older, and you would like to take part in the study, please feel free to reach out to either myself or my colleague (our contact information is on the image above). You do not have to be in Texas or California to take part in this study—we can talk over the phone or by video call. 


Study information will be continually updated; so check back.

New publication in Perceptual and Motor Skills out online before print.

Social communicative deficits and stereotyped or repetitive interests or behaviors are the defining features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A growing body of research suggests that gross motor deficits are also present in most children with ASD. This study sought to understand how pediatric ASD severity is related to motor skills and social skills. A multivariate analysis of variance analysis of 483 chil- dren with autism (N 1⁄4 444) and ASD (N 1⁄4 39) revealed a nonsignificant difference between groups. Results suggest little difference between severity groups on gross motor and social skills within the limited age range of the participants (about 5.6 years of age). 

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New Publication: Exploring the effect of gender and disability on gross motor performance in kindergarten children

I was recently notificated that another article was accepted for publication at The Physical Educator . It should be out sometime near the end of 2016; stay tuned for details. Check out the abstract below for a preview. Stay tuned for the full article, once published.

Background. Gross motor movement is a vital part of the growing process and ultimately plays a role in the ability to lead a physically active life. Researchers have been, and continue, to analyze the different ways in which individuals develop skills. At the heart of that discussion has been gender. Most recently, researchers have focused on the differences among various forms of disability. However, little has been done to understand how these variables interact with each other in the development of gross motor skills.

Objective. Therefore, this study sought to explore the interaction of disability and gender on gross motor performance.

Methods. Utilizing a national dataset, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study - Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 dataset (ECLS-K), researchers utilizes a 2x2 Factorial ANOVA to understand the effects of gender and disability on gross motor score.

Results. A large sample (N = 16,960) was utilized to indicate a significant interaction effect of gender and disability, as well as significant main effects. Results suggest that both gender and disability have an effect on gross motor performance; specifically, it is revealed that boys with disabilities are at a higher risk for having low gross motor skills.

Conclusions. The significant result from this analysis demonstrate that gender and disability are having an effect on the gross motor ability of young children. In contrary to other literature, female participants performed slightly better than male participants and, in line with other research, the group without disabilities demonstrated a better gross motor score than the group with disabilities.

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