Graduation Date

Spring 2018

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Teaching/Coaching

Committee Chair Name

David Adams

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Chris Hopper

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Rock Braithwaite

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of an exercise intervention in reducing stereotypical behaviors in a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A single subject A-B-A-B design with a repeating baseline was used for this investigation. The research design will be implemented to determine if an exercise program (i.e., cycling) impact the frequency of stereotypical behaviors demonstrated by a child with ASD. Results indicate that an exercise intervention has the potential to decrease stereotypical behaviors in a child with ASD. While stereotypical behaviors have always been shown to decrease immediately after physical exercise-based interventions (Kern et al., 1984; Powers et al., 1992; Reid et al., 1988), these behaviors seemed to gradually increase and return to baseline levels over a 40 min (Celiberti et al., 1997) to 90 min (Levinson & Reid, 1993) period of rest. Therefore, it is imperative that exercise interventions such as cycling be considered as an APE programming option so that more children with ASD are afforded the social and physiological health benefits provided by cycling. Interobserver agreement was not met in this study.

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