ERIC Number: EJ1038259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
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Reference Count: 41
Leisure Activities in Prader-Wlli Syndrome: Implications for Health, Cognition and Adaptive Functioning
Dykens, Elisabeth M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n2 p294-302 Feb 2014
Although hyperphagia and compulsivity in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are well described, recreation and adaptive skills are relatively unexplored. Parents of 123 participants with PWS (4--48 years) completed measures of their child's adaptive, recreation, and problem behaviors. Offspring received cognitive testing. Watching TV was the most frequent recreational activity, and was associated with compulsivity and skin picking. BMIs were negatively correlated with physical play, and highest in those who watched TV and played computer games. Computer games and physical activities were associated with higher IQ and adaptive scores. People with PWS and other disabilities need to watch less TV and be more engaged in physical activities, games, and leisure pursuits that are fun, and may bring cognitive or adaptive advantages.
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Body Composition, Measures (Individuals), Adjustment (to Environment), Recreational Activities, Behavior Problems, Television Viewing, Computer Games, Play, Obesity, Physical Activities, Children, Adults, Self Destructive Behavior, Eating Disorders, Cognitive Tests
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