Motor function in children with Autism spectrum disorders

Nicoleta Bugnariu, Coen De Weerd, Carolyn Young, Robert Longnecker, Carolyn Garver, Edwin Van Loon, Katelyn Rockenbach, Rita M. Patterson

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Abstract

This Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are among the most common pediatric diagnoses. Using child friendly interactive virtual environments we evaluated motor function as children performed dynamic tasks, such as pointing, reaching, standing balance and walking. Seven pairs of boys with ASD and age-matched controls between 2 and 12 years old participated. Although motor difficulties are not considered a core feature of autism, growing evidence suggest the trajectories for development of balance, walking and reaching have a different slope (slower rate) compared to controls. During childhood, evaluation of specific motor impairments can serve as markers for screening/diagnosis of ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages51-56
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479907748
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event2013 10th International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: 26 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Publication series

Name2013 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013

Other

Other2013 10th International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period26/08/1329/08/13

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Balance
  • Gait
  • Virtual environment

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    Bugnariu, N., De Weerd, C., Young, C., Longnecker, R., Garver, C., Van Loon, E., Rockenbach, K., & Patterson, R. M. (2013). Motor function in children with Autism spectrum disorders. In 2013 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013 (pp. 51-56). [6662080] (2013 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2013). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICVR.2013.6662080