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Exercise (ECE)

Exercise (ECE) can be used to improve the physical fitness of learners with ASD. In addition, exercise can be used to increase desired behaviors (time on task, correct responding) and decrease inappropriate behaviors (aggression, self-injury).  

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about exercise (ECE).
  • Applying ECE in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The ECE module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for ECE 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of ECE 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for ECE 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using ECE 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring ECE 25 minutes
Applying ECE 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Griffin, W., & AFIRM Team. (2015). Exercise. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from http://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/exercise

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to exercise (ECE) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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