Acute Effects of Exercise

A pilot study of the effect of acute exercise on executive functioning in children with autism spectrum disorder

What is this study about?

We are now beginning a new study of the impact of acute bouts of exercise on brain functioning in 7-12 year old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). More specifically, we will examine the impact of 20 minutes of circuit-based aerobic exercise in comparison to 20 minutes of treadmill walking and 20 minutes of watching a movie. 


Would my child and I be able to take part?

If your child:

  • Is between 7-12 years of age
  • Has a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, AND
  • Is able to follow dual-step instructions

 You may be eligible to take part in this study.  


What would my child and I have to do?

We will ask your child to complete all three study conditions (exercise and sedentary), in a random order, on different days (separated by 2-7 days). This means the study will consist of 3 visits to the lab, spread out over approximately a 3 week period. Each visit will include activities to assess your child’s attention before and after either exercise or sitting. Each visit will take approximately 1 hour and you will be compensated for your participation in the study.


How do I get more information about this study?

Please contact Emily at 905-525-9140 ext. 20303 or by email at