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Exercise as an intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives of education professionals

Busst, Caroline (2015) Exercise as an intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Perspectives of education professionals. Birmingham City University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Research indicates physical exercise may have social, cognitive and behavioural benefits for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and therefore would be a suitable intervention for this population; however the existing literature fails to reach a consensus on the most effective mode of exercise intervention. Five education professionals currently working with children with ASDs participated in semi-structured interviews to investigate their perceptions of the use of exercise as an intervention strategy. A thematic analysis was conducted on the data following the framework identified by Braun and Clark (2006). Participants discussed barriers to exercise, positive outcomes of exercise and core features of a good intervention. Three key themes were revealed: increased adaptive behaviour, social skills and exercise and the need for tailored physical activity. The findings have implications for designing and implementing a successful exercise intervention for children with ASDs and for future research in this area.

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