Motor Issues in Autism
Are some of your clients “self -directed” and/or “in their own world?” Are you dealing with reactive behaviors?
For decades, autism has been defined as a triad of deficits in social interaction, communication, and imaginative play. Children on the autistic spectrum may have difficulties with posture, coordination, and motor planning. Recent studies show that movement difficulties are common in children on the autistic spectrum, and poor motor skills are associated with greater difficulties with social communication. Participation in activities, building relationships, and reciprocal communication require neurological systems to coordinate and synchronize the processing, organization, and regulation of sensory information and movement. Differences in body awareness and motor planning can result in avoidance of, or poor response to, many activities that support motor development. Anxiety, self-regulatory and sensory processing challenges often respond to movement activities which enhance brain-body feedback for successful and organized engagement.
Upon completion of this course the therapist will:
• Identify at least three common motor challenges in children with ASD
• Describe the relationship between sensory processing, body awareness, and atypical motor performance
• Identify and apply two motor activities (based on research) to support engagement and motor skills development
• Describe the movement feedback challenges in ASD
• Identify and apply at least two preparatory routines to address fear and withdrawal from motor activities