Navigation Links
Autistic children with better motor skills more adept at socializing
Date:9/11/2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. In a new study looking at toddlers and preschoolers with autism, researchers found that children with better motor skills were more adept at socializing and communicating.

Published online today in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, this study adds to the growing evidence of the important link between autism and motor skill deficits.

Lead author Megan MacDonald is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. She is an expert on the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Researchers tested 233 children ages 14 to 49 months diagnosed with autism.

"Even at this early age, we are already seeing motor skills mapping on to their social and communicative skills," MacDonald said. "Motor skills are embedded in everything we do, and for too long they have been studied separately from social and communication skills in children with autism."

Developing motor skills is crucial for children and can also help develop better social skills. MacDonald said in one study, 12-year-olds with autism were performing physically at the same level as a 6-year-old.

"So they do have some motor skills, and they kind of sneak through the system," she said. "But we have to wonder about the social implications of a 12-year-old who is running like a much younger child. So that quality piece is missing, and the motor skill deficit gets bigger as they age."

In MacDonald's study, children who tested higher for motor skills were also better at "daily living skills," such as talking, playing, walking, and requesting things from their parents.

"We can teach motor skills and intervene at young ages," MacDonald said. "Motor skills and autism have been separated for too long. This gives us another avenue to consider for early interventions."

MacDonald said some programs run by experts in adaptive physical education focus on both the motor skill development and communicative side. She said because autism spectrum disorder is a disability that impacts social skills so dramatically, the motor skill deficit tends to be pushed aside.

"We don't quite understand how this link works, but we know it's there," she said. "We know that those children can sit up, walk, play and run seem to also have better communication skills.


'/>"/>

Contact: Megan MacDonald
megan.macdonald@oregonstate.edu
541-737-3273
Oregon State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Experimental Drug Eases Autistic Behaviors in Mice
2. Battling the Bullying of an Autistic Child
3. Teaching autistic teens to cope
4. Autistic adults report significant shortcomings in their health care
5. A promising clinical trial to reduce the severity of autistic disorders
6. Neuroscientists find excessive protein synthesis linked to autistic-like behaviors
7. 424 Design: Design With a Cause - Design for Autistic Children
8. Autistic children may be at greater risk of suicide ideation and attempts
9. “Mentally Retarded” Autistic Mute Breaks Her Silence, Joins Forces with Her Psychologist and Friend to Write Life Affirming Memoir on Living with Autism
10. Autistic kids who best peers at math show different brain organization, Stanford/Packard study shows
11. Autistic children can outgrow difficulty understanding visual cues and sounds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 19, 2017 , ... A July ... lead to, or worsen, varicose veins in some patients, according to medical experts. ... certain not-so-good practices, like excessive sitting or standing, or regularly nicking yourself while ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... July 18, 2017 , ... ClinicalTrials.gov and the New ... Need to Consider?, **An FDAnews Webinar**, Aug. 2, 2017 — 1:30 p.m. – ... Rule for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information,” is a head-scratcher. After reading ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... , ... July 18, 2017 , ... Heritage Woods of ... 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 15. , The community, which is located ... those on Medicaid, who need some help to maintain their independence. , The lunch ...
(Date:7/17/2017)... ... July 17, 2017 , ... McGraw Family Pledges $3 Million for New ... Generation of Healthcare Clinicians , NORWALK, Connecticut – July 17, 2017 – The ... investing in community health by pledging up to $3 million in a challenge gift ...
(Date:7/17/2017)... Louis, MO (PRWEB) , ... July 17, 2017 ... ... and higher education recruitment firm, recently completed a nationwide executive search for Springfield ... aggressive timeline, Springfield Clinic named Ray Williams, a skilled healthcare executive with more ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/5/2017)... Wolfmet 3D  printed tungsten collimator manufactured by M&I Materials proves to ... progress molecular radiotherapy imaging. In molecular radiotherapy (MRT) ... quantify the radiation absorbed by those patients undergoing treatment. As ... radiotherapy treatment has been available — that is, until now. ... ...
(Date:7/5/2017)... of over 2,000 employees and a leader in environmental and life science testing, ... position as the top American owned and operated environmental testing firm in ... ... The ... , enhances Pace Analytical,s capability as an innovative full service provider in the ...
(Date:7/1/2017)... Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH) ... will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, July ... detailing the quarterly results will be made available at 7:30 ... The live audio webcast can be accessed via Zimmer ... be archived for replay following the conference call. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: