Locomotion and grasping impairment in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder

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Objective: To investigate expressiveness of motor impairment in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its correlation with developmental and clinical features of ASD. Method: Thirty-five male preschoolers with ASD completed the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2 (PDMS- 2; Folio and Fewell, 2000) and underwent a multidisciplinary assessment including medical examination, standardized assessment of cognitive abilities, administration of Autism_Diagnostic_Observation_Schedule (ADOS) and a parent interview about adaptive skills. Results: Results revealed a substantial impairment in locomotion and grasping skills. Both fine and gross motor skills were significantly correlated with non verbal IQ and adaptive behaviours (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Neuropsychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Motor impairment
  • Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2
  • Preschoolers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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