Development of a physical activity program for children and youth with autism : an action research approach
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This study examines the implementation of strategies for the development of a physical activity program for children and youth with autism. The aim of the study was the collaborative development of a sustainable physical activity program with families with children with autism. A phenomenological approach was employed in the study, which used participant observation that included conversations to obtain the lived experiences of the participants. Close observations were made of the interactions between parents/assistants and the children, the children and the environment and the parents/assistants, children and the instructor. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the obtained data. The results indicated that it is possible to develop a sustainable physical activity program for children with autism if proper strategies are implemented. The study suggests that children with autism should be afforded more opportunities for participation in physical activity. This study provided the members of the Autism Association of Oslo with an opportunity to participate in physical activity. The program development process also provided the parents that were involved with the knowledge and guidelines for future physical activity possibilities.
Masteroppgave – Norges idrettshøgskole, 2010.