Motor functioning in autism spectrum disorders

Papadopoulos, Nicole, Rinehart, Nicole, Bradshaw, John, McGinley, Jennifer and Enticott, Peter 2014, Motor functioning in autism spectrum disorders. In Patel, Vinood B., Preedy, Victor R. and Martin, Colin R. (ed), Comprehensive guide to autism, Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp.809-824, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4788-7_41.

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Title Motor functioning in autism spectrum disorders
Author(s) Papadopoulos, NicoleORCID iD for Papadopoulos, Nicole
Rinehart, NicoleORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole
Bradshaw, John
McGinley, Jennifer
Enticott, PeterORCID iD for Enticott, Peter
Title of book Comprehensive guide to autism
Editor(s) Patel, Vinood B.
Preedy, Victor R.
Martin, Colin R.
Publication date 2014
Chapter number 41
Total chapters 170
Start page 809
End page 824
Total pages 16
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Berlin, Germany
Summary Motor impairment is consistently reported in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and may be an early risk factor for core ASD symptomatology. This chapter provides an overview of empirical motor studies in ASD and considers clinical, behavioral, neurophysiological, and neuroimaging studies of motor impairment in ASD. The association between motor impairment and core social communication disturbance is also explored, as well as the high comorbidity between ASD, motor impairment, and other neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Future research which aims to understand the specific motor pattern that may characterize ASD is suggested.

Alongside the core diagnostic features of autism, research has highlighted the significant and pervasive impact of motor dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (Fournier et al., J Autism Dev Disord 40(10):1227–40, 2010). Motor difficulties are commonly associated with ASD and potentially may be considered a “cardinal feature” (Fournier et al., J Autism Dev Disord 40(10):1227–40, 2010) of the disorder. Indeed, there has been an increase in the trajectory of motor research over the past decade, with greater understanding of the underlying neurobiological disruption that characterizes the disorder (Mostofsky et al., Brain 132:2413–25, 2009). This chapter will illustrate the importance of neuromotor assessment as a routine part of the diagnostic process and provide an overview of empirical research in the field.
ISBN 9781461447870
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-4788-7_41
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category BN.1 Other book chapter, or book chapter not attributed to Deakin
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