Running programs can help autistic children

Editorial:  Article suggests autism is improved through exercise and an anti-inflammatory diet; though distance running is advocated as a possible benefit, and it likely would be—short term, recent research  warns of the long-term liabilities of strenuous exercise (requiring mouth/ chest over nose/ diaphragmatic breathing) to the vascular system, heart, etc.

“We have this running program, and we’ve been seeing amazing effects on kids with autism when they run – incredible physical changes, improvements in behavior and focus, improvements in so many indicators of autism that they suffer from,” Megan Wynne Lombardo, director of the Achilles Kids Running Program, told “We’d like to study this and point to the effect running has on these kids.”