People on the Autism Spectrum Process Sensory Feedback Differently Than Neurotypicals
[Source: Science Daily]
Sensorimotor issues aren’t well understood in people with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, yet they are important because they can be observed before social and communication indicators for the disorder, and they can predict worse functional outcomes. Such skills can affect everything from handwriting to zipping up a coat to language development, with implications for education and independence over a person’s lifetime.
In an effort to better characterize — and quantify — sensorimotor abilities and their impact on the development of people with ASD, scientists have published research that compared the fine motor control and eye movements of more than 200 people from age 5 to 29. The study showed key differences in the ways that individuals with ASD processed or reacted to stimuli compared to those who were more neurotypical, with implications for future research across age range, intelligence and setting.
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