In 2018, there were approximately 205,200 Australians with autism, which was a 25% increase since 2015. It is expected that these numbers have continued to increase over the past 2 years.
Many individuals with autism can often have difficulties with motor skills. Motor skills are any action that requires the use of muscles. Examples of functional tasks that they may have difficulty completing include holding a pen or pencil, walking or jumping.
Factors that can influence these motor skill challenges include:
- Poor coordination
- Poor postural control
- Impaired imitation skills
- Delay in development for movement skills.
It also helps promote weight loss and leads to better health overall. In particular, aerobic exercise, yoga and dance have been shown to have positive effects on all of these areas as they increase coordination, strength, endurance and body awareness.
Tips to begin exercising for those with autism
World Autism Awareness Day has occurred every year on 2 April since 2008 in order to raise public awareness of autism. World Autism Awareness Day highlights the necessity to improve the quality of life of people with autism so that they can lead full and meaningful lives as a vital part of society.
At Momentum Sports and Rehabilitation Services, we have a team of physiotherapists who have a vast array of experience working with people living with autism of all ages.