Sensory Motor Activities Training for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders


  • Timothy Davis SUNY at Cortland
  • Luis Columna Syracuse University
  • Alexis L. Abdo SUNY at Cortland
  • Natalie Russo Syracuse University
  • Karen Toole Syracuse University
  • Michael L. Norris Syracuse University


Autism, sensory motor, sensory processing, sensory integration


Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often struggle to find appropriate motor activities and sport programs that meet the needs of their children (reference). Researchers recognized that learning to regulate sensory stimuli can often be a barrier to participation in physical activities (PA) for children with ASD (Ben-Sasson et al., 2007). However, parents often lack the skills to modify PA while addressing the sensory needs of their children. The purpose of this article is to describe a one-day sensory integration/sensory motor activity workshop provided within the context of a larger physical activity program for parents of children with ASD. This workshop offered participants’ practical ideas, equipment, and direct experience addressing the sensory needs of children with ASD.

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