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Do handwriting difficulties correlate with core symptomology, motor proficiency and attentional behaviours?

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posted on 01.04.2017, 00:00 authored by N Grace, Peter EnticottPeter Enticott, B P Johnson, Nicole Rinehart
Handwriting is commonly identified as an area of weakness in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but precise deficits have not been fully characterised. Boys with ASD (n = 23) and matched controls (n = 20) aged 8-12 years completed a simple, digitised task to objectively assess handwriting performance using advanced descriptive measures. Moderate to large associations were identified between handwriting performance and attention, ASD symptoms and motor proficiency. The ASD group demonstrated significantly less smooth movements and significantly greater sizing variability and peak velocity relative to controls. These findings provide a clearer indication of the specific nature of handwriting impairments in children with ASD, and suggest a relationship with core clinical symptom severity, attention and motor behaviours.

History

Journal

Journal of autism and developmental disorders

Volume

47

Issue

4

Pagination

1006 - 1017

Publisher

Springer Science + Business Media

Location

New York, N.Y.

eISSN

1573-3432

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2017, Springer Science + Business Media