Date Presented Accepted for AOTA INSPIRE 2021 but unable to be presented due to online event limitations.

The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which a specialized swim program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improved child and parent functioning and body composition (body mass index). Researchers used a crossover design and convenience sampling to recruit 24 children, mostly young (75% < age 9 years), male (83%), and Caucasian (58.3%). Results showed 8 weeks of twice-weekly swimming improved self-esteem and emotional behaviors of children with ASD but did not positively effect body composition.

Primary Author and Speaker: Lisa Mische Lawson

Contributing Authors: Jordan Carlson

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