The purpose of this study was to investigate the social and cognitive benefits of exercise intervention on adolescents with Level 1 (mild) Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as exploring parents’ perceptions of how exercise has benefitted their adolescent’s social and cognitive functioning. An experimental design, online survey, and face-to-face interviews were used to explore how weight training exercise impacts the social and cognitive functioning of adolescents with mild ASD. The results revealed improved social and cognitive functioning. As a result of exercise intervention, adolescents with mild ASD are more likely display improved emotional cognition, engage with their peers, and maintain a conversation with individuals.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Gennett, Payton, "Let’s Get Moving: The Social & Cognitive Benefits of Exercise on Adolescents With Level 1 (Mild) Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9124.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, adolescents, exercise intervention, parent perceptions
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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