When I was on the faculty at Purdue University, I had the pleasure to work with Melissa Savage, Teresa Taber-Doughty, and Emily Bouck on a fascinating study that compared the effects of in-person and technology delivered praise to help adults with autism engage in physical activity. This was a fun collaborative project, to say the least!
For 2 of the 3 participants, technology delivered praise resulted in higher-quality physical activity. The results highlight the importance of individualizing interventions for adults with autism, especially interventions designed to improve health and well-being. The area of physical activity, in general, is just emerging in autism research, and I really look forward to following this line of inquiry to see where it heads.
If you’re interested in the study, you can view it by clicking here. The full citation of the study is listed below.
Savage, M. N., Taber-Doughty, T., Brodhead, M. T., & Bouck, E. C. (2018). Increasing physical activity for adults with autism spectrum disorder: Comparing in-person and technology delivered praise. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 73, 115-125.