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Proprioception and Autism Spectrum Disorders

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on proprioceptive processing difficulties among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and developmental disabilities. A total of 86 children (32 with ASD, 26 children with development disabilities but not ASD and 28 neurotypical children) were scored on the Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception (COP). The COP observes 18 items of motor and behavior regulation of proprioception. The results indicated that all three groups scored significantly different on each of the 18 items. The ASD and DD were significantly different on the four following items: feedback-related motor planning; tiptoeing; pushing others or objects; and crashing, falling, and running.

The researchers discuss how children with ASD may exhibit patterns of proprioception deficits that include feedback-related motor planning skills; tiptoeing; pushing others or objects; and crashing, falling, and running. These deficits may contribute to motor planning problems, decreased postural control and disruptive behaviors.

You can read the full article at AJOT.

Reference: Erna Imperatore Blanche,Gustavo Reinoso,Megan C. Chang,and Stefanie Bodison. Proprioceptive Processing Difficulties Among Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities Am J Occup Ther September 2012 66:621-624; doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.004234

Proprioceptive Poems– 2 movement poems with posters to encourage proprioceptive input

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