Utilizing Self- Determination Theory to Promote Physical Activity in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Keywords:ASD, autism spectrum disorder, self-determination theory, physical activity
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience an array of challenges when it comes to participation in physical activity (PA). As studies have shown children and adolescents to be less active than their typically developing peers, it is necessary for future research to explore innovative ideas and instructional strategies to help increase levels of participation in PA to this population. This article provides an overview of the self-determination theory (SDT) and explores practical strategies for parents, practitioners, and related-service providers to support participation in PA to individuals with ASD.
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