Graduation Date

Spring 2020

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

Jill Pawlowski

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Leah Gazan

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become more prevalent through more diagnosis, with about 1 in 54 being diagnosed with ASD (Center for Disease Control, 2016). With more children being diagnosed with ASD, more services are needed. Adapted Physical Education (APE) is a direct service provided for children with disabilities, and APE teachers should use proven methods to effectively and efficiently assist these children in their area of need. Play-based learning has proven to help improve many social, communication, social skill engagement and play behaviors in children with ASD so play-based learning should be utilized more within the context of APE so more children can receive these benefits. This systematic review searched Academic Search Premier for articles from 2005-2020 and retrieved 35 articles of children with ASD, aged 0-21, within a variety of group settings, most of which resulted in positive outcomes.

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