R-07: Effect of Exercise on Academic Engagement and Executive Functioning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Numerous interventions have been identified as evidenced-based practices for educating students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Physical exercise (PE) was recognized as an evidence-based practice; however, little research has been conducted in the school setting. A multiple baseline design was used to examine the effects of PE on academic engagement and executive functioning. Participants were observed in the classroom and completed a jogging intervention. Results suggested large effect sizes for academic engagement for all students. Although no significant effects were found on executive functioning, results indicated PE may be an effective intervention to support academic achievement for students with ASD.

Sarah Nakutin, graduate student, San Diego State University.

Strand: C, Topic: 15, Skill Level: I