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YOWB: Supporting Mental and Physical Wellbeing in Autistic Adults through Community-Based Mindful Movement

Robertson, Rachel and Vogel, Marissa and Conner, Caitlin and Mazefsky, Carla and Sherman, Sally (2023) YOWB: Supporting Mental and Physical Wellbeing in Autistic Adults through Community-Based Mindful Movement. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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Autistic adults experience greater mental, emotional, and physical health (MEPH) challenges and engage in less physical activity than non-autistic adults. One approach to supporting MEPH is yoga or mindful movement (MM). The aim of this teaming project is to develop and evaluate a community-based MM program with and for autistic adults to support their MEPH. In phase one, we will create a development team consisting of 1) our community partner, Open Up Pittsburgh (OUP); 2) autistic adults who currently participate in OUP’s MM programming; and 3) an interdisciplinary team of University of Pittsburgh researchers specializing in autism and MEPH. The development team will use a mixed methods approach to gather evidence on the features of OUP’s ongoing MM classes that are most beneficial for supporting MEPH in autistic adults, and use the findings to develop a MM program specifically for supporting autistic adults’ MEPH. In phase two, the pilot MM program will be tested at OUP in a randomized waitlist-controlled trial. Further, we aim to develop a program that is a) manualized, b) feasible to implement in-person and online, c) rigorously evaluated for potential effectiveness, and d) highly likely to attract follow-on external funding.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Robertson, RachelRACHELR@pitt.eduRACHELR0000-0002-9777-4875
Vogel, Marissa
Conner, CaitlinCMC220@pitt.eduCMC2200000-0002-6224-2086
Mazefsky, CarlaCAM150@pitt.eduCAM1500000-0001-7467-0902
Sherman, SallySallySherman@pitt.edusas3070000-0002-4978-7241
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/mx2k-1995
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Health and Physical Activity
School of Education > Instruction and Learning
School of Medicine > Psychiatry
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teaming Grants
Other ID: 6329
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 18:57
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 15:49


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