Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 379–387

Decreasing self-stimulatory behavior with physical exercise in a group of autistic boys


  • Robert G. Watters
    • University of Ottawa
  • Wilhelmina E. Watters
    • M. F. McHugh School

DOI: 10.1007/BF02414814

Cite this article as:
Watters, R.G. & Watters, W.E. J Autism Dev Disord (1980) 10: 379. doi:10.1007/BF02414814


Five autistic boys were observed during 27 language training sessions. Each session followed one of three periods: (a) physical exercise, (b) TV watching, or (c) regular academic work. It was found that (a) the lowest levels of self-stimulation followed physical exercise, (b) there were no differences in the levels of self-stimulation following TV watching and following academics, and (c) the levels of correct question answering were not affected by the three different previous periods.

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980