Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition and there is currently an increase in the number of individuals with autism entering adulthood. The importance of increasing physical activity participation for individuals with ASD cannot be understated, as this group have increased risk and rates of lifestyle diseases, whilst concurrently having n increased scope for benefiting from a physically active lifestyle compared with typical adults. In order to maximize healthy lifestyle interventions for individuals with ASD it is important to understand; the fundamental characteristics of people diagnosed with this disorder, and how these characteristics are manifested into behaviours. Very useful and relatable clinical examples of behaviours will be given that will allow ESSA members to further their understanding of people with autism.
The recording is of a webinar presented by ESSA on 28 May 2018.
Presented by Dr Lee Svensson.
For over 25 years Lee Svensson has studied and worked in the fields of exercise physiology and disabilities. Lee’s interest in disabilities started during her undergraduate years, and culminated in her achieving first class honours investigating energy expenditure in adults with spinal cord injuries.
Continuing at the University of Queensland, Lee worked on a research project investigating the promotion of physical activity in adults with disabilities. Later she completed a Master of Philosophy in Paediatric Exercise Physiology, working with children with Spina Bifida. Moving to NSW Lee continued her work with children with disabilities, leading a number of programs at The Disability Trust. While in NSW Lee also
Worked on a research study at the University of Sydney focussing on improving healthy lifestyle outcomes for adults with disabilities through increasing physical activity participation.
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