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Motor Considerations in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may present with differences in motor skills and coordination as compared to those without the diagnosis. This information may have implications for families, therapists and other clinicians supporting children with ASD.


The objectives of this evidence summary are to provide an overview of 1) the literature on motor impairments in children with autism spectrum disorder, including incidence and impact;  2) possible causes of motor impairments;  3) the measures available to evaluate motor impairments in this population, and 4) the effectiveness of different interventions to target motor outcomes.


Also included is a rapid review completed by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies and Health (CADTH).


To access current evidence related to motor impairments in children with autism, please click on the “Evidence” tab.


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Last Updated: Feb 13, 2015