Exercising for Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong developmental condition which impacts on social skills and interactions, communication (verbal and non-verbal), repetitive patterns of behaviour and motor skills. The latest research has found that 1 in 70 Australians have ASD, with males 4 times more likely to have ASD than females.


Exercise is effective in combatting the health detriments of physical inactivity and also managing more specific autistic symptoms. Developing behaviour change and ongoing participation in exercise presents a challenge for those with ASD due to impaired motor functioning, poor motivation and attention, increased sensory stimuli and challenges with self-monitoring. For exercise to be effective it needs to be tailored towards the individual, with respect to their needs, functional capacity and interests. Exercise is important for people of all ages with ASD to promote a healthy lifestyle through enhancing behaviour and physical health and wellbeing. Regular participation in moderate-vigorous exercise for those with ASD has been found to improve repetitive and self-stimulating behaviour, hyperactivity, aggression and poor concentration or motivation. Exercise reduces anxiety and depression which is common in those with ASD. Reducing any destructive behaviours that may be detrimental to cognitive function, learning and social interactions. Exercise has been found to promote improved physical health and wellbeing of individuals with ASD who typically display poor motor patterning (both fine and gross movements), reduced strength, aerobic fitness, posture, poor balance and coordination. Exercise programs are designed by exercise physiologists tailoring the program to improve these specific areas while considering other needs and interests of the participant with the overall goal of promoting enjoyment and lifelong positive participation in exercise.


Slowly and safely progress towards 150-300 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week. Starting off with as little as 5-10 minutes of continuous exercise for 1-2 days a week and progress towards 30-60 minutes 5-7 days a week.· This should consist of cardiovascular exercise (e.g. walking, running and swimming), 2 sessions of resistance training (e.g. machine weights, free weights, bands and body weight exercises), stretching and balance activities. There should be a specific focus on fundamental movement skills (e.g. walking, running, throwing and jumping).


Our exercise physiologists will complete a comprehensive assessment to ensure exercise prescription is safe, and individualised to your conditions and needs. We offer a range of services including but not limited to: HydrotherapyGym-based exercise therapyHome-based exercise therapyGroup sessionsPilates It is recommended that you to speak with your general practitioner or specialist prior to commencing an exercise program.

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Billy and Kim GrahamBilly and Kim Graham
00:28 25 Aug 22
This is definitely the place to go!! I use the heated pool!!! Beautiful!!! I have a great guide, companion, teacher, encourager in Robbie Brokenshire!! 😃He is compassionate and thorough!!I really enjoy myself, have a laugh, and we get the job done!!!So I absolutely recommend ProhHealth Exercise Physiology here in Redcliffe!!!
Terence GiddingsTerence Giddings
00:27 08 Jul 22
I have been a client with ProHealth for the last two-plus years. I have several chronic conditions, and working with Robbie Brokenshire and the ProHealth team has enabled me to lead a relatively everyday life.I would undoubtedly recommend ProHealth to anyone.
Jan HawesJan Hawes
07:00 24 Jun 22
I have been working with ProHealth for the past few months. All the team are friendly and professional. Strongly recommend them. It is never too late to start exercising.
Mike DickinsonMike Dickinson
23:45 19 Jun 22
Awesome trainers. Friendly staff. Great facilities. As a retired Veteran I 100% recommend to any Veterans or members of the public. They can tailor the exercise packages to meet a variety of needs. Thanks to Brooke (my PT) and the whole team.
Jocelyn GreerJocelyn Greer
00:39 19 Jun 22
Would 100% recommend Steph at ProHealth. My son who has special needs attends once a week for exercise physiology classes and Steph is fantastic. She is kind, friendly and great at her job. James feels very comfortable with her and he is making great progress.