Journal article

Gait function in high-functioning autism and Asperger's disorder

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

European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | SPRINGER | Published : 2006

Abstract

Gait abnormalities have been widely reported in individuals with autism and Asperger's disorder. There is controversy as to whether the cerebellum or the basal-ganglia frontostriatal regions underpin these abnormalities. This is the first direct comparison of gait and upper-body postural features in autism and Asperger's disorder. Clinical and control groups were matched according to age, height, weight, performance, and full scale IQ. Consistent with Hallet's (1993) cerebellar-gait hypothesis, the autistic group showed significantly increased stride-length variability in their gait in comparison to control and Asperger's disorder participants. No quantitative gait deficits were found for th..

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