Motor signs distinguish children with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome from controls

Eva M. Jansiewicz, Melissa Cheryl Goldberg, Craig J. Newschaffer, Martha Bridge Denckla, Rebecca Landa, Stewart H Mostofsky

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Abstract

While many studies of motor control in autism have focused on specific motor signs, there has been a lack of research examining the complete range of subtle neuromotor signs. This study compared performance on a neurologic examination standardized for children (PANESS, Physical and Neurological Exam for Subtle Signs, Denckla [1974 Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 16(6), 729-741]) between a group of 40 boys aged 6-17 with autism and average range IQs and a group of 55 typically developing boys. The Autism group was shown to have significant impairment on several measures of motor control compared to the Control group. Regression analyses revealed that a model including four PANESS variables offered a high level of discrimination in distinguishing boys with high-functioning autism from controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-621
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006

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Keywords

  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Dysrhythmia
  • Gait
  • Motor Speed
  • Overflow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Motor signs distinguish children with high functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome from controls. / Jansiewicz, Eva M.; Goldberg, Melissa Cheryl; Newschaffer, Craig J.; Denckla, Martha Bridge; Landa, Rebecca; Mostofsky, Stewart H.

In: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 36, No. 5, 07.2006, p. 613-621.

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