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Postural Control and Repetitive Behaviors in Children with Autism

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Recent research was published on postural control and repetitive behaviors in children with autism.    The participants including children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and typically developing controls ages 3-16. The center of pressure sway area during quiet, comfortable stance were compared to scores on the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised. The results indicated the following:

  • increased postural sway in children with ASD
  • greater frequency and intensity of restricted, repetitive behaviors were present in the children with ASD
  • a positive correlation between postural sway area and presence of restricted, repetitive behaviors
  • postural sway area for about half of the ASD subjects scored comparable to TD controls, but the other half scored > 2 SD worse
  • motor impaired children were younger and had more repetitive behaviors

The researchers speculate that motor control impairments may characterize a subset of individuals with ASD and that further research is needed.
Reference: Radonovich KJ, et al. Relationship between postural control and restricted, repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders. Front Integr Neurosci. 2013 May 7;7:28. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00028. Print 2013.
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