Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications

Title

Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children

UMMS Affiliation

Shriver Center; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Department of Pediatrics; Center for Health Policy and Research; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center

Date

1-2013

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Child Development Disorders, Pervasive; Motor Activity

Disciplines

Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Experimental Analysis of Behavior | Psychiatry and Psychology

Abstract

Regular physical activity is important for promoting health and well-being; however, physical activity behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have received little attention. We compared physical activity levels among 53 children with ASD and 58 typically developing children aged 3-11 years who participated in the Children's Activity and Meal Patterns Study (CHAMPS). After adjustment for age and sex the amount of time spent daily in moderate and vigorous activity was similar in children with ASD (50.0 minutes/day and typically developing children 57.1 minutes/day). However, parents reported that children with ASD participated in significantly fewer types of physical activities than did typically developing children (6.9 vs. 9.6, p

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Citation: Bandini LG, Gleason J, Curtin C, Lividini K, Anderson SE, Cermak SA, Maslin M, Must A. Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Autism. 2013 Jan;17(1):44-54. doi: 10.1177/1362361312437416. Epub 2012 Jul 17. PubMed PMID: 22807562; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3690470. Link to article on publisher's site

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