Promoting physical activity in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder

Kate B. Lalonde

Michigan State University, USA

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in less physical activity than their typically developing peers. Previous research has demonstrated that physical activity can have multiple benefits for individual with ASD by increasing appropriate behavior and decreasing inappropriate behavior. Fewer studies have examined interventions that engender consistent patterns of physical activity in individuals with ASD. The current article reviews a sampling of literature published on physical activity in individuals with ASD and provides recommendations for future research.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, Exercise, Physical activity, Research