27 Apr '17, 10pm

For Many With Autism, Running Is a Sport That Fits

For Many With Autism, Running Is a Sport That Fits

What is the connection between autism and running? Scientists are beginning to explore what makes the sport such a potent tool for someone like Tommy Des Brisay. Autism is considered a spectrum disorder because of the wide range of symptoms and behaviors—and significant individual variation—that go along with it. But the primary characteristics of the condition that would lead to an autism diagnosis are deficits in social communication and social interaction, along with restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. The Des Brisay family has seen that the more Tommy runs, the less anxious he seems to be. More important, running has increased his social circle, giving him opportunities to practice his language and communication skills. And over the 10 years that he’s been a runner, he’s become less reliant on medication and has experienced fewer melt...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/general-interest/for-many-wit...

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