Monday, December 28, 2009

Autism, ADHD and Motor Skills

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research comparing the movement abilities of 91 children ages 6-10 with autism (28), ADHD (29) or typical development (34). The results indicated that children with autism or ADHD scored significantly lower than the control group on overall gross motor development, locomotor skills and object control skills. The autistic group scored lower than the ADHD group. Overall, 16% of the autistic and ADHD children had clinical levels of impairment.

Reference: Chien-Yu Pan, Chia-Liang Tsai and Chia-Hua Chu Fundamental Movement Skills in Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Volume 39, Number 12 / December, 2009/ Pages 1694-1705. DOI 10.1007/s10803-009-0813-5

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