MEMBERS

If you are a member of the network, please log in to access Network content and tools. If you do not have a username, contact your site principal investigator or site coordinator and request that they complete a membership request for you. If you have forgotten your password, you may CLICK HERE.


AS ATN

You are here

Assessment of Walking Routes as a Possible Approach for Promoting Physical Activity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Brief Report

TitleAssessment of Walking Routes as a Possible Approach for Promoting Physical Activity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Brief Report
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsOreskovic, NM, Neumeyer, AM, Duggan, MP, Kuhlthau, KA
JournalDev Neurorehabil.
Type of ArticleBrief Report
Keywordsairp
DOI10.1080/17518423.2019.164634
Summary

Aims and Objectives:
We tested if creating walking routes in children with ASD’s neighborhoods could increase their physical activity.

Method:
Physical activity was measured with a wearable monitor in 21 children ages 6-10 years. Participants received feedback on their physical activity. An individualized walking route was created for each participant within their neighborhood. Families were then counseled on using the planned walking routes to increase physical activity.

Results:
Nine of the children did not complete the study. This was due to several reasons including discomfort from wearing the monitor and family challenges. The children were slightly more active. They also spent less time seated or lying down. These changes were not significant.

Conclusions:
Additional studies on this topic should be done to understand the impact of planned walking routes on physical activity in children with ASD.