Motor skills of children with autistic spectrum disorder
Institute for Primary and Pre-Primary Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hradec Králové, Rokitanskeho 62, Hradec Kralove, 500 03, Czech Republic
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The contribution contains results of a research of motor skills of children with autistic spectrum disorder. The group of children represents besides major triad of symptoms, also described difficulties in the field of motor skills. Our aim to find out what motor skills of these children are in comparison with intact population and what differences are found in individual motor items, i.e. in fine motor skills, gross motor skills and in balance. The data was gained with the use of standardized Movement Assessment Battery test for Children 2 (MABC-2). Objective testing of this group of children is relatively difficult. There were successfully tested 36 children with ASD during this phase of research. The research demonstrated evident motor disorder at 86% of children in the observed sample. Statistically significant were worse results in the field of fine motor skills compared to the results in gross motor skills and balance.
Key words: Autistic spectrum disorder / motor skills / MABC-2 / fine motor skills / gross motor skills / balance
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