A systematic review of the behavioural outcomes following exercise interventions for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder


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This is a review of the available research into the effect of exercise on various behaviors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  These behaviors include cognition and attention, stereotypic behaviors and social-emotional behaviors.  This article analysed the results of a number different research papers and overall they found that interventions involving horse riding, swimming, martial arts, jogging and yoga/dance can lead to improvements in behavior, with martial arts and horse riding giving the greatest benefits in these studies.  Further research is needed to fully understand the impact that exercise can have on behavior in children with ASD and to assess the most effective types of exercise, duration and frequency of intervention and method of delivery of intervention.

Published by: Sage

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Emily Bremer, Michael Crozier, Meghann Lloyd

Vol 20, Issue 8, pp. 899 – 915 First published date: January-28-2016