Fundamental Movement skills in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Chien Yu Pan, Chia Liang Tsai, Chia Hua Chu

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the movement skills of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and those without disabilities. Ninety-one children (ASD, n = 28; ADHD, n = 29; control, n = 34), ages 6-10 years, were of average IQ participated. After controlling for age, both ASD and ADHD groups scored significantly lower than controls (p's < .05) on overall gross motor development as well as locomotor and object control subtests, and the ASD group performed more poorly than the ADHD group (p's < .01) on both subtests. Of the children with ASD and ADHD, only 16% had clinical levels of impairment. Potential underlying factors are discussed, with suggestions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1694-1705
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume39
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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