Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Strand, Chuck

Second Reader

Jan Mrozinsky


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder are two of the most prevalent diagnoses in education today. Each diagnosis is individual to the student. However, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder share similar symptoms. Also, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder comorbidly exists within the symptomatology of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Both diagnoses present challenges the student has to work through in order to feel emotional and academic success in school. These challenges can be hyperactivity, decreased social skills, sensitivities to the way their body processes sensory stimuli, aggression, impulsivity, as well as decreased executive functioning skills. All of these challenges are aspects of skills needed to feel safe and confident in the educational environment. This thesis will examine how Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder impact students' ability to regulate themselves and the world around them. While also looking at how they can achieve self-regulation in their school environment through interventions that are physical activity-based as well as sensory-based.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis