Examining the Impact of a Multi-Sport Camp for Girls Ages 8–11 With Autism Spectrum Disorder

Authors

  • Lindsay Guest University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Robert Balogh University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Shilpa Dogra University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Meghann Lloyd University of Ontario Institute of Technology

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/TRJ-2017-V51-I2-7383

Keywords:

Autism spectrum disorder, girls, fundamental motor skills, physical activity, summer camp intervention, therapeutic recreation

Abstract

Research on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has increased significantly over the past decade; however, rarely does research focus solely on girls with ASD. Girls with ASD are more likely to have less proficient motor skills than both their peers with typical development, and boys with and without ASD. This further discourages participation in sport, recreation, and leisure activities and deprives the opportunity to develop social skills among peers; both of which are primary goals of therapeutic recreation. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of a multi-sport camp intervention aimed at improving motor skills, physical activity levels, physical self-perceptions, and adaptive behaviour of 13 girls with ASD between the ages of 8 to 11. Results indicated that the camp was effective at improving motor skills (p<0.0001), physical self-perceptions (p=0.044) and social skills (p=0.005); however, further research with larger samples and a longer duration of intervention is necessary.

Author Biographies

Lindsay Guest, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Faculty of Health Sciences

Robert Balogh, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Faculty of Health Sciences

Shilpa Dogra, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Faculty of Health Sciences

Meghann Lloyd, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Primary SupervisorFaculty of Health Sciences

Published

2017-06-01

Issue

Section

Quantitative Papers