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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper



Degree Name

Special Education: M.S.


Special Education


School of Education

First Advisor

Bradley Kaffar

Second Advisor

Brian Valentini

Third Advisor

William Lepkowski

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Physical activity, exergaming


This starred paper will attempt to describe how physical activity can have lifelong and short-term benefits for youth and adolescents with ASD. Emphasizing positive behavioral impacts that PA may have on other aspects of a student’s learning experience. It will explore some of the barriers these students face in getting enough PA and more importantly the practices that should be utilized to overcome these obstacles. Simply finding ways for positive engagement is a strong predictor of success. With that in mind, there will also be a focus on unique strategies or types of activities that students may not typically receive in a standard physical education class. The literature review in the following chapter will examine the most current studies and analysis on the topic.



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