Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

James Lewis

Second Advisor

Kourtney Bakalyar


Physical activity has been proven to improve autistic conditions in areas such as motor skills and social skills (Sowa and Muelenbroek, 2011). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the different ways that physical activity affects autistic individuals. To do this, 16 individuals at the WMU Autism Services Center will be surveyed through Qualtrics. The survey will be based off of the study of Stanish and colleagues (2015). Questions will be taken from this survey and a few additional questions that do not appear in any study will be designed by the student investigator. Results will be analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively and general trends in the data will be recorded. This study will help to fill the gaps of current research by examining the physical activity choices of college students. Many students examine physical activity trends of children but there are few current studies on teens and young adults.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation

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