Evidence for Specificity of Motor Impairments in Catching and Balance in Children with Autism

Katarina Ament, Amanda Mejia, Rebecca Buhlman, Shannon Erklin, Brian S Caffo, Stewart H Mostofsky, Ericka Wodka

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Abstract

To evaluate evidence for motor impairment specificity in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children completed performance-based assessment of motor functioning (Movement Assessment Battery for Children: MABC-2). Logistic regression models were used to predict group membership. In the models comparing typically developing and developmental disability (DD), all three MABC subscale scores were significantly negatively associated with having a DD. In the models comparing ADHD and ASD, catching and static balance items were associated with ASD group membership, with a 1 point decrease in performance increasing odds of ASD by 36 and 39 %, respectively. Impairments in motor skills requiring the coupling of visual and temporal feedback to guide and adjust movement appear specifically deficient in ASD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-751
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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Autistic Disorder
Developmental Disabilities
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Logistic Models
Sensory Feedback
Motor Skills
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Keywords

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Autism
  • Motor impairment
  • Specificity

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Evidence for Specificity of Motor Impairments in Catching and Balance in Children with Autism. / Ament, Katarina; Mejia, Amanda; Buhlman, Rebecca; Erklin, Shannon; Caffo, Brian S; Mostofsky, Stewart H; Wodka, Ericka.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2015, p. 742-751.

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Ament, Katarina ; Mejia, Amanda ; Buhlman, Rebecca ; Erklin, Shannon ; Caffo, Brian S ; Mostofsky, Stewart H ; Wodka, Ericka. / Evidence for Specificity of Motor Impairments in Catching and Balance in Children with Autism. In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2015 ; Vol. 45, No. 3. pp. 742-751.
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