Christopher Tarr, Ed.D.
Research has demonstrated that physical exercise has physical, emotional, and psychological benefits for all individuals. The benefits for individuals with autism are no different. Physical exercise has demonstrated the ability to increase communication, increase social skills, increase academic engagement and decrease stereotypic behaviors in individuals with autism. This program will explore the benefits of physical exercise for individuals with autism. Specifically, this program will discuss the effects of physical exercise on stereotypic behaviors. The findings of a current meta-analysis on the effects of physical exercise on stereotypic behaviors will be examined. Finally, this program will conclude with ways to increase the opportunities for individuals with autism to participate in physical exercise.
At the completion of this session, learners will be able to:
- Discuss the general impact that physical exercise has on individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
- Describe the effects of physical exercise on stereotypic behaviors.
- List the physical exercises that have demonstrated the ability to decrease stereotypic behaviors.
- Summarize how to increase to physical exercise opportunities for individuals with autism