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Combining sports and autism can be beneficial for kids on the spectrum, their families and their communities. At Trumpet, we value all domains of development in our young clients, so we often include opportunities for physical activity in ABA therapy.
Unfortunately, over half of children with autism in the United States are overweight or at risk of developing problems with their weight. This puts these children at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bone issues and more. Coupled with other common sidecars to autism, including depression, anxiety and gastrointestinal disorders, these illnesses can be even worse for kids as they grow.
Decreased physical activity is often thought to cause weight gain in children with autism. Restricted and repetitive movement is a hallmark of autism spectrum disorder, as are communication and social difficulties. These symptoms can make it seem impossible to mix sports and autism. This is why it is important to address physical health through ABA therapy early on.
By incorporating play and exercise into the ABA therapy plan, we see many positives for the child, even beyond an improvement in their physical health.
Contact us to learn about making sports and autism part of your ABA therapy plan.