Graduation Date

Summer 2022

Document Type



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

Committee Chair Name

Rock Braithwaite

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Christopher Hopper

Third Committee Member Name

David Adams

Fourth Committee Member Name

Jill Anderson


Autism, Autism spectrum disorders, ASD, Physical education, Education, Adapted physical education, Physical activity, Adapted physical activity, Evidence-based practice, Teaching practices, Teaching strategies, Instructional strategies


The purpose of this meta-analysis was to identify and evaluate Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in physical activity (PA) settings and determine the effectiveness of those practices on health-related fitness, skill-related fitness, and motor skill development outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The secondary purpose of this study was to analyze the specific characteristics of EBP’s (e,g., types of intervention, environment, and duration) that contribute to improvement of student outcomes. Standard meta-analytic procedures using PRIMSA guidelines were used to conduct the current investigation. A total of 27 studies met inclusion criteria and results suggesting that certain EVP’s are able to improve most of the study outcomes. Smaller sample sizes made the identification and evaluation of EVP’s difficult. Recommendations provide direction for future study.

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