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Children with autism and their socialising
Children with autism who possess better motor skills tend to have less trouble when it comes to socialising and communicating. This is the suggestion of new findings published in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, which revealed young people who test higher for motor skills display improved daily living skills such as talking, walking and playing.
The investigation included 233 children aged 14 to 49 months who had been diagnosed with autism - and the researchers, led by Megan MacDonald, Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, said the results add to existing evidence connecting autism and motor skill deficits.
Ms MacDonald stated: "We can teach motor skills and intervene at young ages. Motor skills and autism have been separated for too long. This gives us another avenue to consider for early interventions."
She added that even at such an early age, children's motor skills are mapping on to their social and communicative skills.
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