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.
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.
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.