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ERIC Number: EJ1100128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Three-Dimensional Kinematic Analysis of Prehension Movements in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: New Insights on Motor Impairment
Campione, Giovanna Cristina; Piazza, Caterina; Villa, Laura; Molteni, Massimo
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n6 p1985-1999 Jun 2016
The study was aimed at better clarifying whether action execution impairment in autism depends mainly on disruptions either in feedforward mechanisms or in feedback-based control processes supporting motor execution. To this purpose, we analyzed prehension movement kinematics in 4- and 5-year-old children with autism and in peers with typical development. Statistical analysis showed that the kinematics of the grasp component was spared in autism, whereas early kinematics of the reach component was atypical. We discussed this evidence as suggesting impairment in the feedforward processes involved in action execution, whereas impairment in feedback-based control processes remained unclear. We proposed that certain motor abilities are available in autism, and children may use them differently as a function of motor context complexity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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