Physical activities are often overlooked in autism therapies. Parents usually put emphasis on training their autistic child to communicate verbally, establish eye contact, and how to behave in social situations. Experts, however, said that exercise plays a huge part in providing a better quality of life to people with autism.
Meghann Lloyd, an associate professor of health sciences at the University of Ontario in Canada, said that it’s important for autistic children to be physically active “so they can gain all the other skills that they need,” according to a report from Spectrum, a news and expert opinion site on autism research. Past studies found that aside from boosting motor skills, movement-based autism therapies also improve autistic children’s attention and social communication skills, behavioral problems, and academic performance.