New publication in Perceptual and Motor Skills out online before print.

Social communicative deficits and stereotyped or repetitive interests or behaviors are the defining features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A growing body of research suggests that gross motor deficits are also present in most children with ASD. This study sought to understand how pediatric ASD severity is related to motor skills and social skills. A multivariate analysis of variance analysis of 483 chil- dren with autism (N 1⁄4 444) and ASD (N 1⁄4 39) revealed a nonsignificant difference between groups. Results suggest little difference between severity groups on gross motor and social skills within the limited age range of the participants (about 5.6 years of age). 

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Upcoming Presentations

Hello everyone and happy new year! I hope everyone is off to a great start this new year. In the upcoming months, I hope to be starting a pilot study for my dissertation, as well as proposing my dissertation study sometime in April. In addition to that work, I have a couple upcoming presentations.


The first,

Making task constraints work for you: Teaching motor skills to children with autism spectrum disorder with Martin Block

At SHAPE America - Southern District, February 10-13 in Williamsburg, VA


The second and third,

Developing Modifications for Assessment in Children with ASD: Preliminary Results with Luke Kelly


Practical Strategies to Successfully Assess Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Melissa Alexander, Marty Douglas, Sean Healy, and Kason O’Neil

at SHAPE America - National Conference, April 5-9 in Minneapolis, MN

If you happen to be at either of these events, please stop in.

I also may have several other presentations later on in the year at the International Meeting for Autism Research and the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, so stay tuned.

The relationship of social skills, severity, and gross motor skills in children with ASD.

abstract: (draft)

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.

end date:

IRB approved, open until Dec/2018


Ron Reeve, PhD