Exercise Physiology can help with ASD

For decades, research has supported the positive benefits of exercise for children with autism. Under the supervision of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Target Physio, exercise can help to manage negative health consequences of inactivity on general health and wellbeing, while also helping to manage other Autism-specific symptoms.

Research supports not only motor-skill development through physical activity, but also actually decreases in repetitive, stereotyped behaviours and helps to improve the child’s cognition and therefore academic performance. Further, improvements in aerobic fitness, muscular strength, coordination and balance, and positive participation in physical activity have all been represented in the literature (Srinivasan et.al, 2014, Sorensen et.al, 2014).

Why should my child exercise?

Research extensively demonstrates that Accredited Exercise Physiologist-supervised exercise interventions may lead to up to 37% improvements in symptoms of ASD – most pronounced in behavioural and academic performance (Toscano et.al, 2018). Toscano et.al (2018) also found that children with ASD who participated in a structured exercise intervention twice a week for 48 weeks showed an ‘important decrease in their Autism-related symptoms’ (Toscano et.al, 2018).

Working with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Target Physio can structure an exercise program to improve physical activity participation, limit sedentary activities and create a sustained active and healthy life for your child. As the most desirable form of treatment, exercise can reduce self-stimulatory behaviour (SSB) as it is inexpensive, can be performed at home and may help improve the quality of living for children and adolescents with ASD. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist in working with the child and family to find the best exercise and set an exercise plan that can be easily completed on a daily basis.

Srinivasan, A, Pescatello, L, & Bhat, A 2014, ‘Current Perspectives on Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders’, Physical Therapy, vol. 94, no.6, pp.875-889
Toscano, C, Carvalho, H, & Ferreiram J 2018, ‘Exercise Effects for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Metabolic Health, Autistic Traits, and Quality of Life’, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 125, pp.126-146
Sorensen, C & Zarrett, N 2014, ‘Benefits of Physical Activity for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Comprehensive Review’, Review Journal of Autism and
Developmental Disorders, vol.17, no.1, pp.344-353

Exercise Physiology appointments for Children with ASD incorporate targeting:

  • Fine motor skill development
  • Global motor skill development
  • Muscular strength
  • Coordination
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Balance

If your child could benefit from an Exercise Physiology program, book an Assessment today!

We offer an Exercise Physiology training block deal: two appointments per week for 5 weeks and receive your tenth session HALF PRICE!

Please note, we are not an NDIS registered clinic.

For plan-managed NDIS clients we are able to bill your plan manager directly. Please bring with you all documentation regarding invoicing your plan manager to your assessment consultation.

For self-managed NDIS clients, please pay for your consultation in full at the completion of your appointment and we’ll email you your receipt for claiming.

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