College of Health Professions
Date of Last Revision
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Arts
Date of Expected Graduation
This Honors Research Project will look at the impact of various types of exercise on the speech, language, and behavior of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. The goal of this research project is to determine how exercise can be implemented into speech and therapy programs in order to better improve the communication skills of adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. To accomplish this, recent studies and publications will be analyzed to compare traditional therapy methods and therapy methods that include exercise. These studies will provide data on how various types of exercise impacted adolescents with autism spectrum disorder speech, language, behavior, and communication. Along with this, information on the common characteristics about the diagnosis, how many people are affected, and how it impacts speech and language development and behavior will be provided. Based on this research, a speech and language therapy program will be created. The newly developed therapy program will include traditional methods of therapy along with exercise that has been proven to benefit adolescents with autism.
Dr. Scott Palasik
Honors Faculty Advisor
Dr. James Steiger
Proprietary and/or Confidential Information
Hofacker, Julia, "The Effects of Exercise on Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1649.