Picture books can boost physical activity for youth with aut
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While physical activity is important for everyone, research has shown people with developmental disabilities do not exercise as often as their typically developed peers. In an effort to close this disparity, a researcher recently created fitness picture books that help youth with autism exercise more frequently while offering low-income families a simple resource for workout motivation when outdoor fitness equipment might not be accessible.

There are numerous health benefits of exercise, such as pumping blood in your body, better sleep, and reduced risk of obesity. Also, if the kids with autism more physically engaged, they are more likely to run around and play with their peers, so there are other aspects of their life that can improve as well.

So, in a recent research study, the researcher created fitness picture books that contained step-by-step images of various exercises, such as jumping jacks, bear crawls, and lunges. The picture books were successfully utilized to increase the amount of time the individuals with autism engaged in physical activity.

"The great thing about the picture books is they provide simple, engaging exercises that can be done in a wide variety of settings, like a school playground, backyard, or even an empty field at a park. It is also a quick and easy way for caregivers or teachers to provide organized structure during flexible free time, such as during recess", said the author.

Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Source: https://doi.org/10.1002/jaba.796
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