Facts about Autism and Exercise 1.Exercise can reduce the time spent in self-stimulatory activities.2* 2.Exercise can help sleep problem.4* 3.Exercise can help communication issues.2* 4.Exercise could possibly help with sensory issues.6* 5.Individuals on the Spectrum have about 40% higher chance of becoming obese than their peers.1* 6.Exercise can reduce stress.4* 7.Exercise can help, as a part for treatment for, depression.5* 8.Exercise can improve behavior. 3* 9.Exercise can help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and a slew of other health related issues.5* (I can not guarantee any of these benefits, since every single individual will have different experiences when it comes to exercise.) 1* Srinivasan, S. M., Pescatello, L. S., & Bhat, A. N. (2014). Current Perspectives on Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of the American PHysical Therapy Association, 1-18. 2* Pan, C.-Y. (2009). Age, social engagement, and physical activity in children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 22-31. 3* Magnusson, J. E., Cobham, C., & McLeod, R. (April 2012). Beneficial Effects of Clinical Exercise Rehabilitation for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Exercise Physiolog, 71-79. 4* Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389?pg=2 - Common knowledge 5* CDC health: www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/pa-health/- Common Knowledge 6* Never scientifically proven, but improving neural control is known- www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/193741/ 7* Neely, L., Rispoli, M., Gerow, S., & Ninci, J. (2014). Effects of Antecedent Exercise on Academic Engagement and Stereotypy During Instruction. Behavior Modification, 98-116.