Most people with autism have motor difficulties, ranging from an atypical gait to problems with handwriting, but researchers still have much to learn about their causes and consequences.
Mouse models of two genetic conditions related to autism show abnormalities in their movement patterns.
A two-belt treadmill attached to a specialized display suggests that people with autism have a distinct walking style.
Siblings of children with autism have motor difficulties similar to those in autistic children, but milder.
People with mutations in SHANK3 have milder features than do those missing a chunk of DNA that includes the gene.
Children with autism do not show the burst of vocabulary growth that usually accompanies learning to walk.
A candidate drug in clinical trials for Huntington’s disease reverses gait problems in a mouse model of Rett syndrome.
A new measure of motor skills suggests that insulin-like growth factor 1 improves movement in people with Phelan-McDermid syndrome.