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Science Pub Featuring Megan MacDonald, PhD

I Learned to Ride a Two-Wheeled Bike. So What? Physical activity and children with autism spectrum disorder

Monday, November 10, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

"I Learned to Ride a Two-Wheeled Bike. So What? Physical activity and children with autism spectrum disorder" Speaker: Megan MacDonald, PhD College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Held on the second Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Old World Deli, 341 2nd St. in Corvallis, Science Pub is sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Downtown Corvallis Association and Terra magazine at  Oregon State University.

Science Pub Corvallis offers cool presentations in an informal atmosphere where you can interact with experts and where there are no silly questions. No scientific background is required – just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

In recent years, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has gained the public’s attention, with headlines ranging from rising prevalence rates to the need for inclusive communities. Although science is making huge strides forward in better understanding ASD, 1 in 50 school-aged children are growing up on the spectrum.

Simultaneously, our nation is in the midst of a physical inactivity epidemic, and children with ASD have not been spared. This presentation will briefly summarize recent news about ASD and explore the role of motor skills, physical activity and fitness in overall development. This will include some key “how to” strategies in respect to riding a two-wheeled bike (a difficult task for many children with ASD), as well as surprising news about other aspects of physical development. The good news is that we can teach these physically active behaviors to help ensure a healthy future.

Megan MacDonald is an assistant professor in the Exercise & Sport Science Program in the College of Public Health & Human Sciences at Oregon State University.  She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2011.  Her research is focused on how motor skills and physically active lifestyles improve the lives of children and youth with and without disabilities, and she has a specific interest in the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder.


Old World Deli
341 2nd St
Shelly Signs
shelly.signs at oregonstate.edu
Terra Research Magazine
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