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ERIC Number: EJ1134130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Do Handwriting Difficulties Correlate with Core Symptomology, Motor Proficiency and Attentional Behaviours?
Grace, Nicci; Enticott, Peter Gregory; Johnson, Beth Patricia; Rinehart, Nicole Joan
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v47 n4 p1006-1017 Apr 2017
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.
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Language: English
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