Comparing movement patterns of autistic adults and adults without autism

Curtin University

We are interested in comparing the movement patterns (all physical activity and sedentary behaviours) of autistic adults and those without a diagnosis of autism aged between 18 and 35 years old.

Currently, autistic adults have higher rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. All of these could be caused by large amounts of sedentary behaviour, but it is not know whether the activity levels of autistic adults are different to those without autism.

To participate in this study you will be asked to complete two short questionnaires that will take approximately 30 minutes in total and to wear an accelerometer for nine days. The accelerometer is a small device worn on your leg under a waterproof ‘bandaid’, and it measures your activity. This is designed to measure your usual movements (all physical activity and sedentary behaviours), and you do not have to do anything else differently while wearing the accelerometer.

Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw your consent at any point.

If you participate in the study we will provide you with a report of your patterns of movement (physical activity and sedentary behaviours).


Aged 18 to 35
Adults with a diagnosis of autism, and
Adults without autism

All participants will be entered into a raffle to potentially receive one of two vouchers as recognition for participating in this study

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2020-0076)

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