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Research Study – Physical Activity & Health for Children with ASD

March 29 - April 30

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University are recruiting children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) between the ages of 6 and 9 years (as of May 2019) to participate in a research study. 

Research shows that children with ASD engage in significantly less physical activity compared to children of the same age without ASD. Health and behavioral benefits associated with participation in physical activity include improved weight status, physical fitness, social competence, quality of life, and sleep. Because many children with ASD experience difficulty across many of these beneficial areas, it is important that we better understand how we can positively influence physical activity participation and health among children with ASD. The purpose of this research is to determine the “key ingredients” that are needed for future interventions. By examining components of health (physical activity, motor skill, fitness, quality of life, weight status) collectively and across 18 months, we will learn how these components of health are related, which components are most responsive to change, and we hope to better understand critical points of development where intervention will have the greatest impact on participation in physical activity and health for children with ASD.

Please note there will be a total of 5 visits between now and November 2020. At each visit, families will be provided with a $35 visa gift card as an incentive to compensate them for their time and travel, for a total of $175. While Ann Arbor and Detroit are the primary data collection sites, assessments may also be completed in the Lansing and Ferndale areas. Please contact the research team for more information. Contact information for both research locations is included in the attached poster.


March 29
April 30
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