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Motor deficits in children with autism spectrum disorder: a cross-syndrome study
School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3587-6075
School of Psychology, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.
2014 (English)In: Autism Research, ISSN 1939-3792, E-ISSN 1939-3806, Vol. 7, no 6, 664-676 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent research suggests that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience some level of motor difficulty, and that this may be associated with social communication skills. However, other studies show that children with language impairments, but without the social communication problems, are at risk of motor difficulties as well. The aim of the present study was to determine if children with ASD have syndrome-specific motor deficits in comparison to children with specific language impairment (SLI). We used an independent groups design with three groups of children (8-10 years old) matched on age and nonverbal IQ: an ASD group, an SLI group, and a typically developing (TD) group. All of the children completed an individually administered, standardized motor assessment battery. We found that the TD group demonstrated significantly better motor skills than either the ASD or SLI groups. Detailed analyses of the motor subtests revealed that the ASD and SLI groups had very similar motor profiles across a range of fine and gross motor skills, with one exception. We conclude that children with ASD, and SLI, are at risk of clinically significant motor deficits. However, future behavioral and neurological studies of motor skills in children with ASD should include an SLI comparison group in order to identify possible autism-specific deficits.

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Hoboken, USA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 7, no 6, 664-676 p.
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Autism spectrum disorder, specific language impairment, motor deficit, cross-syndrome
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Health Sciences Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-50129DOI: 10.1002/aur.1408ISI: 000346467700003PubMedID: 25258309Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84918580492OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-50129DiVA: diva2:925919
Available from: 2016-05-03 Created: 2016-05-03 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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