Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 1223–1230

Implications of Social Groups on Sedentary Behavior of Children with Autism: A Pilot Study

  • Michaela A. Schenkelberg
  • Richard R. Rosenkranz
  • George A. Milliken
  • Kristi Menear
  • David A. Dzewaltowski
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-017-3037-0

Cite this article as:
Schenkelberg, M.A., Rosenkranz, R.R., Milliken, G.A. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2017) 47: 1223. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3037-0


This pilot study compared sedentary behavior (SB) of children with autism (ASD) to typically developing peers (TD), and evaluated the influence of social contexts within free play (FP) and organized activity settings on SB of children with ASD during an inclusive summer camp. Participants with ASD were matched with TD peers by age and gender, and a modified OSRAC-P was utilized to assess SB and social context by setting. SB did not differ by diagnosis (ASD, TD), setting, or social contexts. In FP, children with ASD spent significantly more time in SB within social contexts compared to solitary contexts. ASD-related social deficits may facilitate SB in children with ASD during summer camp FP social contexts, compared to a solitary context.


Autism spectrum disorder Sedentary Children ASD Physical activity Social environment 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michaela A. Schenkelberg
    • 1
  • Richard R. Rosenkranz
    • 2
  • George A. Milliken
    • 3
  • Kristi Menear
    • 4
  • David A. Dzewaltowski
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & HealthKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  3. 3.Department of StatisticsKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  4. 4.Department of Human StudiesUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  5. 5.Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, College of Public HealthUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center & Buffett Early Childhood InstituteOmahaUSA

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