ERIC Number: EJ1037822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Motor Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Linking Symptom Severity and Postural Stability
Travers, Brittany G.; Powell, Patrick S.; Klinger, Laura G.; Klinger, Mark R.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v43 n7 p1568-1583 Jul 2013
Postural stability is a fundamental aspect of motor ability that allows individuals to sustain and maintain the desired physical position of one's body. The present study examined postural stability in average-IQ adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Twenty-six individuals with ASD and 26 age-and-IQ-matched individuals with typical development stood on one leg or two legs with eyes opened or closed on a Wii balance board. Results indicated significant group differences in postural stability during one-legged standing, but there were no significant group differences during two-legged standing. This suggests that static balance during more complex standing postures is impaired in average-IQ individuals with ASD. Further, current ASD symptoms were related to postural stability during two-legged standing in individuals with ASD. Future directions and clinical implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Human Posture, Psychomotor Skills, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Human Body, Adolescents, Adults, Comparative Analysis, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Severity (of Disability)
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