There is a reason: I want to convince BCBAs that exercise can be a valuable tool in the development of a behaviour plan for their clients!
Exercise has so many benefits for all humans young, old, special needs or not. An improvement of overall fitness can lead to lower incidences of obesity (which will also reduce the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease).
Exercise reduces stress, anxiety and the effects of depression . Kids with autism, ADHD, OCD have a high comorbidity rates with anxiety. Exercise releases a cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters that appear to be as effective as medication.
Exercise protects your brain. Exercise causes the brain to release Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor which has been shown to protect neurons, promote neurogenesis and synaptic connections. Research around the subject of brain plasticity has been investigating what BDNF does within the brain.
Dr. John Ratey calls BDNF the "'Miracle Grow' of the brain".
How can you fit exercise into YOUR behaviour plans?