Tag: motor skills

August 2019
Boy pointing out moving train window
News

Motor difficulties forecast language troubles in autism

by  /  26 August 2019

Children with autism who speak few words and have trouble manipulating objects tend to remain minimally verbal as they reach adulthood.

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Rapid prompting method
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Analysis finds no evidence for popular autism communication method

by  /  15 August 2019

A comprehensive review has found no scientific basis for a controversial technique that supposedly helps autistic people communicate.

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May 2019
Mother offers toys to toddler
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Autistic children’s decline in development may begin at 9 months

by  /  1 May 2019

Some autistic children’s communication and motor skills begin to decelerate between 9 and 18 months — years before the average age of diagnosis.

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April 2019
Opinion / Viewpoint

Quantitative tests of motor skills could improve autism care

by  /  2 April 2019

New assessments of the subtle motor difficulties that characterize autism could improve autistic children’s lives and teach us a lot about the condition.

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March 2019
baby reaching for toy
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Motor traits that mark autism remain elusive, large study finds

by  /  18 March 2019

Motor problems in autistic infants may parallel those in infants with other developmental conditions.

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February 2019
Child walking with sensors on in motion capture test.
News / Toolbox

Walking in virtual environment may reveal unique autism gait

by  /  8 February 2019

A two-belt treadmill attached to a specialized display suggests that people with autism have a distinct walking style.

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January 2019
Three views of the human brain show connectivity
News

Sensory, motor connections may be disrupted in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2019

Links between sensory and motor brain networks may be unusually weak in individuals with autism.

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Boy during test with researcher
Multimedia / Podcasts

Spectrum Stories: Tapping intelligence in minimally verbal people with autism

by  /  23 January 2019

Scientists are finding new ways to test cognition in autistic individuals who speak little or not at all.

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December 2018
Close up of child's eyes
Features / Deep Dive

Revealing autism’s hidden strengths

by  /  19 December 2018

Autistic people who have trouble speaking or moving often do poorly on standard tests of intelligence. Newer methods promise to uncover their abilities — and improve our understanding of autism itself.

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Zebrafish
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Technique maps center of balance in zebrafish brains

by  /  14 December 2018

A new method enables researchers to plot activity in the zebrafish brain’s system for spatial orientation and balance.

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