[new publication] "Fundamental motor skill interventions for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum: A literature review"

Upcoming Publication

I’m happy to announce that my manuscript, “Fundamental motor skill interventions for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum: A literature review”—co-authored with Dr. Martin E. Block—Was recently released. Please enjoy the pre-print: download article or access a read-only version: https://rdcu.be/blOj9.

This article reviews the past literature regarding motor skill intervention for young autistic individuals and provides details some commonalities and areas that need improvement.

Article Abstract

In addition to the core characteristics of ASD, recent research has demonstrated that children on the autism spectrum develop motor skills differently, often delayed, compared to peers. Motor skill interventions can help improve motor skills, which in turn can increase the likelihood of participating in physical activity (PA) and potential to build social skills. However, research in this area is limited. A search of several prominent databases revealed a total of five empirical studies focused on building gross motor skills for children on the autism spectrum. Although the reviewed studies varied in the delivery and focus of intervention, overall the reviewed studies suggest a positive effect from any intervention for children on the autism spectrum. Further research in this area is necessary to better understand the most effective means of delivering a motor skill intervention.

FYI

The above PDF is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40489-019-00161-2.

[New publication] “Experiences Participating in Community Physical Activity by Families with a Child on the Autism Spectrum: a Phenomenological Inquiry”

Abstract; Objectives: Families with a child on the autism spectrum face challenges to participating in physical activity in the community. Yet, little research has examined these families’ experiences and perspectives on such participation. Methods: This phenomenological study used semistructured interviews to collect data from 13 families with a child on the autism spectrum to understand their experiences as a family attempting to access physical activity opportunities. Results: Families discussed four overall themes related to participating in physical activity in the community: (1) safety outside the home, (2) lack of acceptance, (3) behavior affecting the family participation, (4) and limited opportunity for activity. Conclusions: Evidence suggests that physical activity can provide tremendous opportunities to build better connections within the community and improve quality of life, but the barriers discussed by parents in the present study suggest that families and their children on the autism spectrum might not yet have the same opportunities for access or support.

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