Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism
Date: 10/16/2015; 58 minutes

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Findings reveal that: 1) children with autism show a distinctly anomalous pattern of motor learning, with a bias towards reliance on proprioceptive, rather than visual, feedback; 2) this anomalous pattern of motor learning is associated with the severity of motor skill deficits, as well as the social skill deficits that define the core features of autism; and 3) children with autism show decreased intrinsic visual-motor connectivity in functional MRI that is associated with the core symptoms exhibited by children with autism. Evidence of anomalous motor learning in autism and its association with motor skill impairments and deficits in social and communicative skills will be presented, as will convergent data from neuroimaging techniques, revealing that these motor and social skill impairments may be related to abnormalities in visual-motor connectivity. (#28240)

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