What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

HOW TO PREVENT WEIGHT GAIN IN KIDS WITH AUTISM

     Home  >  Articles  > Autism Spectrum Disorder
by NYMetroParents Staff

Related: kids with autism health, how to get kids with special needs active, exercising with kids with special needs,


More than half of children with autism spectrum disorders are overweight, at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or have bone and joint problems. Creating a regular exercise routine that mimics play is essential to improve health issues in the long run. 

prevent weight gain autism

The numbers are daunting: More than half of children with autism spectrum disorders are overweight, at risk for diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or have bone and joint problems. A study by Boston researchers found that 36 percent of children with autism had a body mass index greater than the 85th percentile, and 19 percent had a BMI greater than the 95th percentile.

“They just don’t get it,” says James Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, director of clinical services for New York Families of Autistic Children and author of Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers. Even for adults on the autism spectrum, Dr. Ball says, it can be challenging to get them to understand why people exercise.

Start instilling exercise habits early with 101 Games and Activities for Youth with Autism ($19.95 for book, $15.96 for e-book; healthylearning.com). This book outlines specific exercises parents can do with their children every day. “A regular fun routine that also mimics play is essential to improve the muscular imbalances and compensations, deficient motor skills, poor posture, and other fitness pitfalls common in youth with autism,” says author Suzanne M. Gray, a fitness expert for children with special needs.

Exercises incorporate easy-to-find items such as a stick (in Raise the Bar), a rope (for Walk the Plank), and balloons, which can help with eye/hand coordination. Gray offers these tips:

• Set a consistent daily routine for your child, with easy goals so he feels like he has accomplished something.

• Use charts and pictures to help kids understand what they are doing.

• Incorporate music into exercise.

• Try for one aerobic activity (such as hula hoops or running) each day plus one game or activity to help with gross motor skills (Go Fish, blowing bubbles, jewelry making).

More resources and tools for parents of kids on the spectrum.

 


Be the smartest parent in the 'hood

Receive our weekly highlights newsletter · Over 1,000 local activities

More Autism Spectrum Disorder Articles

The Importance of Social Connection for Those with ASD
What to do When Family Doesn't Believe Your Child's Diagnosis
Study Finds Children With Autism More Sedentary Than Those Without the Disorder
Teaching Your Child with Special Needs Difficult Skills
Crafting with Children with Special Needs

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Autism Spectrum Disorder Sponsors

Adelberg Montalvan
1000 F Park Blvd
Massapequa Park, NY
516-798-1111
Visiting The Dentist Has Never Been So fun! Are y...
Fit 4 Long Island
18 Kipling Dr.
Greenlawn, New York

FIT 4 Long Island seeks to empower kids, teens and...
Ultimate GaGa & Ultimate 575
575 Underhill Blvd.
Syosset , NY
516-921-GAGA
...

Audubon Greenwich Nature Day Camps
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich, CT
203-869-5272
Love Nature? Want to Teach Others? Share your g...

Create Learning Center
463 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT
203-762-6161
We have created an environment where children are ...
See Our Autism Spectrum Disorder Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2015 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE