Title

Children and Teens With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Considerations and Basic Guidelines for Health and Fitness Professionals

ISBN or ISSN

1524-1602

Volume

35

Issue

4

Publication Date / Copyright Date

8-2013

First Page

31

Last Page

37

DOI Number

10.1519/SSC.0b013e3182919fab

Abstract

The purposes of this article are to introduce the reader to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to establish the importance of physical activity in this population, and to highlight some of the unique challenges faced when working with children and teenagers with ASD in the health and fitness setting. The author provides some basic guidelines and recommendations to support professionals when developing exercise programs to achieve positive outcomes and long-term adherence. An in-depth discussion of etiology, diagnostics, clinical presentation, and treatment is beyond the scope of this article.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Physical Activity, Long-Term Adherence, Etiology, Diagnostics, Clinical Presentation, Treatment

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