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Motor development in children at risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings

Leonard, Hayley C and Bedford, Rachael and Charman, Tony and Elsabbagh, Mayada and Johnson, Mark H and Hill, Elisabeth L and Baron-Cohen, Simon and Bolton, Patrick and Chandler, Susie and Garwood, Holly and Holmboe, Karla and Hudry, Kristelle (2014) 'Motor development in children at risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings.' Autism, 18 (3). 281 - 291. ISSN 1362-3613


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<jats:p> Recently, evidence of poor or atypical motor skills in autism spectrum disorder has led some to argue that motor impairment is a core feature of the condition. The current study uses a longitudinal prospective design to assess the development of motor skills of 20 children at increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, who were recruited and tested at 9 and 40 months of age, on the basis of having an older sibling diagnosed with the condition. All children completed a range of motor, face processing, IQ and diagnostic assessments at a follow-up visit (aged 5–7 years), providing a detailed profile of development in this group from a number of standardised, parental report and experimental measures. A higher proportion of children than expected demonstrated motor difficulties at the follow-up visit and those highlighted by parental report as having poor motor skills as infants and toddlers were also more likely to have lower face processing scores and elevated autism-related social symptoms at 5–7 years, despite having similar IQ levels. These data lend support to the argument that early motor difficulties may be a risk factor for later motor impairment as well as differences in social communication and cognition, traits that are related to autism spectrum disorder. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2014 16:17
Last Modified: 28 May 2021 11:15

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