ERIC Number: EJ1086615
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Leisure Activity Enjoyment of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Eversole, Megan; Collins, Diane M.; Karmarkar, Amol; Colton, Lisa; Quinn, Jill Phillips; Karsbaek, Rita; Johnson, Jessica Reinken; Callier, Nicolle Patricia; Hilton, Claudia L.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n1 p10-20 Jan 2016
Enjoyment is a fundamental component of activity participation. This study compared leisure activity enjoyment experienced by typically developing children (TD; n = 64) and those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD; n = 67) from age 6 to 13. The TD children enjoyed "formal" and "physical" activities significantly more than the children with ASD. Symptom severity was negatively related to enjoyment of "overall", "formal", "physical" and "social activities". Older children with ASD enjoyed "overall", "informal", "recreational", and "self-improvement" activities significantly less than younger children, but no differences were seen across TD age groups. Children with ASD enjoyed swimming significantly more than TD children. Understanding patterns of activity enjoyment is useful for being better able to address a child's motivation to participate in various life activities.
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Leisure Time, Recreational Activities, Comparative Analysis, Children, Early Adolescents, Severity (of Disability), Physical Activities, Improvement, Aquatic Sports, Motivation
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