As rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) contunally rise, a deeper understanding of the relationship between the stereotypic behaviors needs to be address. According to the DSM-V criteria, individuals with ASD demonstrate a deficit of social communicative disorder (APA, 2014). Recent research (Green, et. a, 2009; Liu, Hamilton, Davis, & ElGarhy, 2014; Staples & Reid, 2010) has demonstrated additional deficits in gross motor skills. MacDonald, Lord, and Ulrich (2013) demonstrated a relationship of social skills and gross motor performance. Furthermore, that object control skills acted as a predictor for social skills as indicated through a calibrated autism severity assessment (MacDonald, et. al, 2013). Utilizing the SFARI base dataset, this study seeks to further understand the relationship of social skills, severity, and gross motor skills in chidren with ASD.
This study is in its earliest phase, please check back for more current information.
IRB approved, open until Dec/2018
Ron Reeve, PhD