Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

How Autism Spectrum Disorder affects action preparation in children

Presenter Information

Kodey MyersFollow
Daisha CumminsFollow

Class

Article

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Faculty Mentor

Breanna Studenka

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Reaction time (RT) represents the amount of time it takes to process a stimulus and program an appropriate response. An increase in the complexity of a response or impairments in motor control, such as seen in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) [Fabbri-Destro et al., 2009; Schmitz et al., 2003], can yield an increase in RT indicating the need for greater preparation (Christina & Rose, 1985). Five children with ASD and five TD children were tested on a joint-action motor planning task that required them to reach for, lift and hand an object to a researcher. RT was measured from the start of a command word to the lifting of the subjects index, middle and ring fingers. It was hypothesized that RT would be greater for the ASD group compared to the controls, and for the tasks that required manipulation by the subjects. Utah State University Research Catalyst Grant Temporal control of gross and fine movements: Implications for treating symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

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4-9-2015 10:30 AM

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How Autism Spectrum Disorder affects action preparation in children

Reaction time (RT) represents the amount of time it takes to process a stimulus and program an appropriate response. An increase in the complexity of a response or impairments in motor control, such as seen in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) [Fabbri-Destro et al., 2009; Schmitz et al., 2003], can yield an increase in RT indicating the need for greater preparation (Christina & Rose, 1985). Five children with ASD and five TD children were tested on a joint-action motor planning task that required them to reach for, lift and hand an object to a researcher. RT was measured from the start of a command word to the lifting of the subjects index, middle and ring fingers. It was hypothesized that RT would be greater for the ASD group compared to the controls, and for the tasks that required manipulation by the subjects. Utah State University Research Catalyst Grant Temporal control of gross and fine movements: Implications for treating symptoms of Parkinson's disease.