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Physical activity, Math and Children with Autism

physical activity math and autismRecently, a small research study was completed with 6 elementary students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who participated in a modified single-case design investigation. There was a four-day baseline phase followed by 13 days of an intervention phase that included structured physical activity based on the individual students’ needs, then a reversal phase for four days and finally four more days of the intervention. During each day of the study, the participating students completed a one-minute individualized mathematical progress paper immediately following the physical activity.

Results indicated the following:

1.  progress on math for 5 of the 6 students with ASD decreased when the intervention was withdrawn.

2.  progress on math increased again after intervention was reintroduced.

3.  all 6 of the students improved mathematical progress at the end of the study compared to baseline.

Reference: Brett Everhart, Chelsea Newman, Jennifer Rutecki, Jennifer Steinbacher, Samara McLaughlin. Structured Physical Activity and Math Progress of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Educational Collaborative. Volume 4 No 2 Retrieved from the web on 3/24/14 at http://journals.sfu.ca/eps/index.php/ec/article/view/36/pdf_18.

Classroom Activity Posters

 

Classroom Activity Posters

Summary: 4 Large Posters including 16 individual exercises to complete in the classroom. Also includes video demonstration of exercises.

Find out more information at http://yourtherapysource.com/cap.html