Journal article

Gait function in newly diagnosed children with autism: cerebellar and basal ganglia related motor disorder

Nicole J Rinehart, Bruce J Tonge, Robert Iansek, Jenny McGinley, Avril V Brereton, Peter G Enticott, John L Bradshaw

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006


We investigated gait in newly diagnosed children with autism. From our previous study with 6- to 14-year-olds, we hypothesized that motor symptoms indicative of basal ganglia and cerebellar dysfunction would appear across the developmental trajectory of autism. Two groups were recruited: children with autism (eight males, three females; mean age 5 y 10 mo [SD 9 mo]; range 4 y 4 mo-6 y 9 mo) and a comparison group of typically developing children (eight males, three females; mean age 5 y 9 mo [SD 1 y 1 mo]; range 4 y 3 mo-7 y 2 mo). The GAITRite Walkway was used to gather data from average gait and intra-walk measurements. Experienced physiotherapists analyzed gait qualitatively. Groups were ..

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