Friday, November 21, 2014

Balance, Age and Autism Symptoms

balanceskills age and autismThe Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research on the influence of task difficulty and age on balance control in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The researchers tested balance control during increasingly difficult balance conditions in children with ASD and typically developing peers.  The relationship between balance control and diagnostic/symptom severity for participants with ASD, including age, was also evaluated.

The results indicated the following:

1.  balance deficits in ASD were exacerbated by stance alterations, but were not related to symptom severity when age was considered.

The researchers concluded that there is impaired balance in ASD, especially in challenging conditions, but there was not a link between balance and symptom severity.

Reference:  Sarah A. Graham, Angela E. Abbott, Aarti Nair, Alan J. Lincoln, Ralph-Axel Müller, Daniel J. Goble. The Influence of Task Difficulty and Participant Age on Balance Control in ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.  November 2014. DOI


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