Fundamental Movement Skill Acquisition for Children and Adults with Autism

"Dr. Susan Crawford’s book establishes her as the leading expert in the area of the promotion of FMS development in the ASD population. Her innate ability to explain, in an understandable fashion, the professional theoretical base and its practical application associated with FMS intervention with this population is superb! This book is an excellent academic resource for professionals and students in the areas of Kinesiology, Recreational Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, etc. It also bridges the knowledge gap that parents may have when it comes to supporting FMS development of their children with ASD at home. Dr. Crawford has provided an outstanding educational tool that, ultimately, will facilitate the FMS intervention/development in the ASD population globally."
Nancy L. Megginson, Ph.D. Adapted Physical Activity Professor Department of Kinesiology San Jose State University  


This is a practical guide on how to teach and assess fundamental movement skill (FMS) acquisition for children and adults with autism. The book explores basic skills of movement and how to observe and develop FMS in children and adults with autism, as well as how to implement a programme for individuals to guide their personal development.

This innovative manual sets out advice on fundamental movement skill acquisition (FMS) and its benefits for improving physical, verbal and social skills for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Improving FMS can help prevent long term health issues, and increase opportunities for social engagement and independence.

The book explores the basic skills of movement (running, catching, throwing, and balance) and how to observe, teach and assess FMS in children and adults with ASD. There are sections on how to develop and implement a programme for individuals to guide their personal development, and information on planning and tools for assessment are included. A much needed guide on how to combat impairment of FMS, the book also highlights the numerous benefits of such an approach in relation to behavior, lifestyle, health and education.

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781785923722
Number of pages: 152
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm