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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Upcoming Presentations

Hello everyone and happy new year! I hope everyone is off to a great start this new year. In the upcoming months, I hope to be starting a pilot study for my dissertation, as well as proposing my dissertation study sometime in April. In addition to that work, I have a couple upcoming presentations.


The first,

Making task constraints work for you: Teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder with Martin Block

At SHAPE America - Southern District, February 10-13 in Williamsburg, VA


The second and third,

Developing Modifications for Assessment in Children with ASD: Preliminary Results with Luke Kelly


Practical Strategies to Successfully Assess Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Melissa Alexander, Marty Douglas, Sean Healy, and Kason O’Neil

at SHAPE America - National Conference, April 5-9 in Minneapolis, MN

If you happen to be at either of these events, please stop in.

I also may have several other presentations later on in the year at the International Meeting for Autism Research and the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, so stay tuned.