New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline’s supplementary paper on the effectiveness of physical activity interventions for young people on the autism spectrum

The review considers the effectiveness of physical activity interventions which are aimed at improving social, cognitive and/or behavioural functioning for people on the autism spectrum. Physical activity interventions are activities that require physical movement and effort that can be conducted in groups or individually.

Published online: 
21 September 2021
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The New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline second edition was published in 2016.

As part of their commitment to the implementation of the Guideline, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education agreed to establish a Living Guideline process. This process is where a guideline is regularly updated and refined to reflect new evidence and changing user needs. Each update is reported in a comprehensive supplementary paper.

The current review aims to update the guideline with evidence published from 2004 onwards relating to physical activity interventions.

Physical activity interventions involve repeated gross-motor movements requiring physical exertion. In the current review, they are defined as ‘planned, structured, repetitive, and purposeful’.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    21 September 2021
  • ISBN:
    Online: 978-1-99-100732-2
  • HP number:
    7818
  • Citation:
    Marita Broadstock. New Zealand Autism Spectrum Disorder Guideline’s supplementary paper on the effectiveness of physical activity interventions for young people on the autism spectrum. Christchurch: INSIGHT Research; 2021.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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