Research examines impact of physical activity on people with autism


The sport of golf is helping to advance autism research.

Pro golfer Ernie Els opened a world-class research and treatment center, after his son was diagnosed.

The center offers education, therapy, and specialty services, and also conducts research -- looking for similarities and differences in brain patterns, and how they respond to physical activity.

Researchers have found that individuals who engage in physical activity are more responsive to their environment. use more language, and reduce the amount of repetitive behaviors they engage in.

That can help those with autism engage in social relationships outside of school and work.

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