Every parent wants their child to experience the best quality of life possible in all aspects. But for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), this can be particularly challenging. Recent research has revealed that adhering to movement guidelines can have a positive impact on many areas of life in children and adolescents with ASD, including emotional regulation and communication behaviors. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at this research and explore the ways that parents can help their children adhere to these guidelines. Read on to learn more about how movement guidelines can benefit those with ASD.
Autism spectrum disorder is a group of developmental conditions that are characterized by impairments in social interaction, deficits in the development of language and communication abilities and repetitive patterns of activity, behavior and interests. It affects a bit less than 1% of children globally and is somewhat more common in males.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to movement and physical activity for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but there are some general guidelines that can help promote quality of life.
First, it is important to consider the child’s individual needs and preferences. Some children with ASD may prefer solitary activities while others may enjoy group activities. It is also important to consider the child’s sensory needs, as some children may be sensitive to certain types of stimuli.
Second, it is important to provide a variety of movement experiences. This can include both structured and unstructured activities. Structured activities can include things like sports or dance classes, while unstructured activities might be something like running around in the backyard or playing at the park.
Third, it is important to focus on quality rather than quantity when it comes to movement and physical activity. Children with ASD may not be able to tolerate long periods of activity, so it is important to break up activities into shorter chunks of time. Additionally, focusing on quality means choosing activities that are developmentally appropriate and engaging for the child.
Fourth, it is important to make sure that movements are safe and controlled. This means avoiding any type of forceful or jerky movements. Instead, focus on smooth and fluid movements.
Finally, it is important to remember that every child is different and will progress at their own pace. Some children with ASD may never reach the same level.
Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder who adhered to movement guidelines had a better quality of life than those who did not. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri, looked at children and adolescents with ASD ages 6-17 who participated in the Autism Treatment Network.
The findings, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, showed that those who adhered to movement guidelines had significantly lower scores on the Autism Spectrum Disorder Quality of Life scale than those who did not adhere to movement guidelines. The ASDQoL is a parent-reported measure of quality of life for children and adolescents with ASD.
“This study provides valuable information for parents and clinicians about the importance of monitoring physical activity levels in children and adolescents with ASD,” said lead author Julia Cox, assistant professor in the MU Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. “The results suggest that adherence to movement guidelines is associated with better quality of life for these individuals.”
There is a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that movement-based therapies can improve quality of life for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that adherence to specific movement guidelines was linked to better quality of life for this population.
The study used a self-report measure to assess quality of life in participants with ASD. The measure included items such as “I have good friends,” “I like myself,” and “I am happy.” The researchers found that those who adhered to the movement guidelines had significantly higher scores on the quality of life measure than those who did not adhere to the guidelines.
There are a number of potential explanations for why movement-based therapies may be linked to better quality of life for those with ASD. First, these therapies can help improve communication and social skills. Second, they can help reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. Third, they can promote physical activity and healthy habits. Finally, they can provide structure and routine, which can be helpful for individuals with ASD who often struggle with impulsivity and sensory overload.
The findings from this study suggest that adherence to specific movement guidelines can improve quality of life for children and adolescents with ASD. These findings add to the growing body of evidence supporting the use of movement-based therapies for this population.
Adhering to movement guidelines can be a great way to help children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder have a better quality of life. It is important that these recommendations are tailored to the individual’s needs, as each person will have different physical and psychological requirements. Movement therapy can greatly improve the lives of those on the autism spectrum by providing them with an outlet for their energy, helping them develop motor skills, improving communication abilities, and increasing confidence. By following these guidelines, parents and caregivers can ensure that their child or adolescent has access to all of the benefits associated with regular exercise and physical activity.