Assessment of motor behaviour among children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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  • Social communicative deficits are the hallmark characteristic of autism, also referred to as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Given the depth of these social communicative deficits, the role of movement skills in development has gone relatively underexplored, by comparison. However, children with ASD demonstrate impaired performance of fundamental movement skills early in life, which in turn impacts nearly every aspect of subsequent development. These performance differences are persistent and prevalent; ongoing debate exists whether these differences simply reflect delays or if development among children with autism follows a different developmental trajectory than their typically developing peers. These movement skill differences become more obvious with increasing age and children with autism appear to fall further behind -- these increasing differences may reflect the limited opportunities of children with autism to practice and improve their movement skills. However, teasing apart these developmental differences becomes a challenge, which necessitates the use of appropriate assessment measures. Understanding the impact of motor skills in development and how the role of movement changes over time is important.
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  • Staples, K. L., MacDonald, M., & Zimmer, C. (2012). Assessment of motor behaviour among children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 42, 179-214. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-394284-5.00007-3
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