Graduation Date

Fall 2018

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

David Adams

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Chris Hopper

Third Committee Member Name

Jill Pawlowski


Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) do not engage in an adequate amount of physical activity. Often, students with a Level 2 or Level 3 diagnosis of ASD engage in behavior that may make it increasingly difficult for practitioners to encourage the increase of physical activity. The purpose of this study was to determine if preference assessment increase Uninterrupted Walking Distance in students with ASD. Researchers have demonstrated positive outcomes on physical activity levels when students are given the opportunity to choose their most preferred physical activity as a reinforcement. Results from this study showed statistically relevant walking data when the students were allowed to access their first preferred activity (P < .03. Mall) as opposed to their second (P < .2. Bike) and third (P < .1, Yoga. Physio Ball). The results from this research expand on previous studies that have focused on increasing the levels of physical exercise for students with ASD.

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