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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Behavioral Medicine, Pediatric Medicine

Advisor

Dr. Laura Witte, PhD, PA-C

Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder categorized by repetitive behavior with diminished social and communication skills. The prevalence rate in North America for ASD is 1 in 60 children, approximately 1% of the population. Those diagnosed have specific traits including behavioral effects, speech difficulties, and sensory sensitivities. Children with ASD are also at an increased risk of becoming obese or overweight compared to children with typical development. Incorporation of physical activity, in children with ASD, has been studied and found to have a positive impact on multiple aspects of their lives.

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