Recreation Programs for Individuals with Autism: A Review on Physical and Behavioral Benefits

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Several articles have been published in the past two decades assessing various interventions for persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These interventions entail physical activity, recreation, and leisure programs and evaluate behavioral and/or physical outcomes for this population. Research has shown that interventions are necessary to attempt to reduce frequency of stereotypical and challenging behavior, as well as improve the physical heath and overall quality of life for people with ASD. This review synthesizes and analyzes the behavioral and physical results of several interventions and outlines the major findings in each category of the authors’ disciplines. Implications for future research in this field of study are also discussed.



Recreation, Autism, Leisure, Physical activity