Motor Skills in Children Aged 7–10 Years, Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Caroline Whyatt, Cathy Craig

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This study used the Movement Assessment Battery for Children (M-ABC2) to assess the level of motor skill in children aged 7-10 years with autism (n=18) and compared their performance to two groups of age-matched typically developing children; a receptive vocabulary matched group (n=19) and a nonverbal IQ matched group (n=22). Although the results support previous work, as indicated by a significant general motor impairment in the group with autism, a sub-analysis of the M-ABC2 revealed that there were only 2 out of 8 subcomponent skills which showed universally significant specific deficits for the autism group; namely catching a ball and static balance. These results suggest that motor skill deficits associated with autism may not be pervasive but more apparent in activities demanding complex, interceptive actions or core balance ability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1799-1809
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number9
Early online date17 Dec 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2012


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