Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Charles

Second Reader

Jan Mrozinski


There continues to be an increase in child and adolescent obesity. Youth receiving special education services are particularly at risk of being more inactive than their peers. There are numerous benefits to engaging in physical activity, not only for health but also in support of academic needs such as concentration and memory and even stimulating brain neuron growth. Schools can be an ideal setting for supporting physical activity. This thesis focuses on the impact of physical movement on students receiving special education services, particularly highlighting students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. The thesis will conclude with some social skills curriculum opportunities that incorporate physical movement.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis