Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 445–457 | Cite as

Recreational Participation of Children with High Functioning Autism

  • Marie-Christine PotvinEmail author
  • Laurie Snider
  • Patricia Prelock
  • Eva Kehayia
  • Sharon Wood-Dauphinee


The recreation of children with High Functioning Autism (HFA) is not well understood. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to compare the recreational engagement of children with HFA and their typically developing peers. Children with HFA (n = 30) and peers (n = 31) were similar on key characteristics that may impact recreation except those related to the HFA attributes. Children with HFA differed from peers in terms of diversity (p = .002), social aspects (p = .006) and locations (p < .001) of recreation. The two groups were not statistically different in personal intensity (p = .684), enjoyment (p = .239) or preferences (p = .788) of recreation. A recreational profile was developed to benefit parents and clinicians in supporting the recreation of these children.


Recreation Leisure Autism Autistic disorder Asperger disorder Pervasive developmental disorder 



We gratefully acknowledge the contributions to this study of colleagues Dr. Sara Ahmed, Dr. Janice Dunn and Mr. Alan Howard as well as the families who participated in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie-Christine Potvin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laurie Snider
    • 2
  • Patricia Prelock
    • 3
  • Eva Kehayia
    • 2
  • Sharon Wood-Dauphinee
    • 2
  1. 1.Center on Disability and Community InclusionUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Physical and Occupational TherapyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.College of Nursing and Health ScienceUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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