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Communication deficits and the motor system: exploring patterns of associations in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

TitleCommunication deficits and the motor system: exploring patterns of associations in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMody, M, Shui, AM, Nowinski, LA, Golas, SB, Ferrone, C, O'Rourke, JA, McDougle, CJ
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume47
Pagination155–162
Summary

Lead Author
M. Mody

Study Aims and Objectives
This study looked to understand the connection between issues with movement and communication problems in children with ASD. Methods - Sample, Procedure, Study Measures, Analysis Motor and language skills were evaluated in 1781 children with ASD between the ages of 2 and 17 years. The children’s ability to perform large movements was analyzed separately from their small movement abilities. Researchers looked at how trouble with these types of movements can affect language abilities and social interactions.

Results- Main Finding(s)
The ability of a child with autism to perform fine movements affects their language development. Large movements impact social interaction skills, which can negatively impact quality of verbal communication.

Conclusion- Summary Statement
Both fine and large movements play a role in the development of communication abilities. Speech and language difficulties in children with ASD may be traced to their motor deficits.

PubMed ID27785593