A Movement Intervention for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Who:

2011-2012 Students and Faculty in Movement Studies in Disability ProgramOregon State University
School of Biological and Population Health Sciences
Movement Studies in Disability

Purpose:

To understand the benefits of an 8-week movement program for young children with autism.

Description of study:

Through a randomized control trial of a movement-based program it is hypothesized that children with autism will experience health- related benefits through improvements in motor skills, social communicative skills and physical activity. Current research suggests that a relationship exists between the social communicative domain and the motor domain of young children with autism (MacDonald, 2011). However, a focused intervention targeted at improving motor skills and measuring health-related benefits in addition to social communicative benefits has not been studied.

Inclusion criteria:

Young children with autism between 2- 5 years old and their parent(s)/caregiver(s)

Exclusion criteria:

None known

Participation:

Not known

Principal Investigator(s) :

  • Megan MacDonald  Assistant Professor, Movement Studies in DisabilityMegan MacDonald, PhD

Location(s) :

    • Oregon State University

Contact Details :

Known Funding Sources :

  • none known

Privacy Notice:

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Dan Yedinak is an Information Technology consultant, volunteer Web Administrator for the Autism Research and Resources of Oregon, and an Autism Advocate.
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