Research suggests that vigorous or strenuous exercise is associated with decreases in common behaviours including hyperactivity, aggression, self-injury, and destructiveness.
Vigorous exercise means a 20-minute + aerobic workout, 3 to 4 days a week. Research also suggests that increased aerobic exercise can decrease the frequency of negative, self-stimulating behaviours that are common among people on the Spectrum, or those with additional needs.
Behaviours such as body rocking, spinning, head nodding, hand flapping, object tapping and light gazing have been shown to interfere with positive social behaviours and learning. These behaviours can be controlled by the use of exercise.
Additionally, exercise can discourage aggressive and self-harming behaviours while improving attention span.
Reference – Autism Research Institute, Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D.
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