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    Early motor differences in infants at elevated likelihood of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    Begum Ali, Jannath and Charman, T. and Jones, Emily J.H. and Johnson, Mark H. (2020) Early motor differences in infants at elevated likelihood of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , ISSN 0162-3257. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    We investigated infant’s manual motor behaviour; specifically behaviours crossing the body midline. Infants at elevated likelihood of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) produced fewer manual behaviours that cross the midline compared to infants with a typical likelihood of developing these disorders; however this effect was limited to 10-month-olds and not apparent at age 5 and 14 months. Although, midline crossing did not predict ASD traits, it was related to ADHD traits at 2 years of age. We rule out motor ability and hand dominance as possible explanations for this pattern of behaviour, positing that these results may be a consequence of multisensory integration abilities, and the neurobehavioural shift period, in the first year of life.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reaching, motor ability, midline crossing
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Ali Begum
    Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2020 13:56
    Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 18:45
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/31737

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