Year of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)


Department of Physical Education

Principal Supervisor

Chow, Bik Chu


Autism spectrum disorders;Autism spectrum disorders in children.;Exercise;Exercise therapy.;Physical education for children with disabilities.;Physiological aspects.;Psychological aspects.




Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a prevalent neurological syndrome observed even in childhood stages. Children with autism have a certain range of deficits on social interaction, communication and coordination. Exercise program has been commonly adopted as an intervention for ASD children on developing both of their motor and social skills, as well as maintaining a certain fitness level. This project is a systematic review and meta-analysis study which summarizes the recent fifteen years (2000-2015) of control-trial exercise-based interventions for ASD children and evaluates their effectiveness from three aspects (according to the outcome measures): 1) Exercise Performance & Sport/Skill-related Fitness (EXE); 2) Physiological & Biometric Indicator (PHY); and 3) Social Cognition & Psychological Well-being (SOC). The results showed a positive effect in all three aspects: .763, .412, and .505 respectively. Further studies were recommended on investigating the mechanism explaining the psycho-social and physiological effects of exercise programs on ASD children.


Principal supervisor: Professor Chow Bik Chu.;Thesis submitted to the Department of Physical Education.Thesis (M.Phil.)--Hong Kong Baptist University, 2015.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 106-112)


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