A recent study in Autism describes the gross and fine motor skills of a cross-sectional group of 162 children with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 12 and 36 months. Age equivalents were determined for gross and fine motor skills for all children. The results indicated gross motor and fine motor differences became significantly greater with each 6-month period of chronological age. The importance of addressing these motor delays during the early years is discussed in the article.
Reference: Meghann Lloyd,Megan MacDonald,and Catherine Lord. Motor skills of toddlers with autism spectrum disorders Autism March 2013 17: 133-146, first published on May 24, 2011 doi:10.1177/1362361311402230