FRIDAY, April 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Being active is good for most everyone, and new studies now show it can help kids with autism manage common behavioral issues.
“Exercise goes beyond health-related benefits and increased levels of fitness for those with autism,” said David Geslak, a pioneer in using exercise to help kids with autism. “Research shows that exercise can increase focus, improve academic performance, reduce stereotypical behaviors and build confidence.”
A study in the April issue of the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal reported that 10 minutes of low-intensity exercise reduced verbal repetition of phases or words and hand-flapping, two common behaviors associated with autism.
Another recent study from Oregon State University found that targeted exercise programs should take place between ages 9 and 13, to help kids maintain physical activity. That’s when kids show the biggest decline in active time, according to the American