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Motor development in children at-risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings.

Leonard, H, Bedford, R, Charman, T, Elsabbagh, M, Johnson, MH, Hill, EL and BASIS Team, (2014) Motor development in children at-risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings. Autism, 18 (3). pp. 281-291.

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Abstract

Recently, evidence of poor or atypical motor skills in autism spectrum disorder has led some to argue that motor impairment is a core feature of the condition. The current study uses a longitudinal prospective design to assess the development of motor skills of 20 children at increased risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, who were recruited and tested at 9 and 40 months of age, on the basis of having an older sibling diagnosed with the condition. All children completed a range of motor, face processing, IQ and diagnostic assessments at a follow-up visit (aged 5–7 years), providing a detailed profile of development in this group from a number of standardised, parental report and experimental measures. A higher proportion of children than expected demonstrated motor difficulties at the follow-up visit and those highlighted by parental report as having poor motor skills as infants and toddlers were also more likely to have lower face processing scores and elevated autism-related social symptoms at 5–7 years, despite having similar IQ levels. These data lend support to the argument that early motor difficulties may be a risk factor for later motor impairment as well as differences in social communication and cognition, traits that are related to autism spectrum disorder.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Leonard, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bedford, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Charman, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Elsabbagh, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Johnson, MHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hill, ELUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
BASIS Team, UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 11 March 2014
Identification Number : 10.1177/1362361312470037
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2013 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 Aug 2016 14:12
Last Modified : 30 Aug 2016 14:12
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811907

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