Visuomotor adaptation and its relationship with motor ability in children with and without autism spectrum disorder
Human Movement Science
The high prevalence rates of motor impairments among individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) lead to increased attention to motor learning. The current study examined the visuomotor adaptability in children with and without ASD using a computerized visuomotor adaptation task in which the real-time visual feedback of hand movement was rotated. The relationships between visuomotor adaptability and clinical symptomology were also investigated. Results revealed that the children with ASD showed a slower rate of improvement and smaller after-effects than their peers on the measures of motor planning. Additionally, autistic characteristics significantly moderated the association between individuals' adaptability and fine motor skills. The findings contribute to the growing evidence of compromised visuomotor adaptability, which suggested the importance of addressing these clinical features of ASD.
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Lee, C. M., & Bo, J. (2021). Visuomotor adaptation and its relationship with motor ability in children with and without autism spectrum disorder. Human Movement Science, 78, 102826. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humov.2021.102826