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Autism Awareness: 5 top reasons to address kids gross motor skills

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

Written by - PLAYWORK

87% of Autistic people according to the latest estimate — have some sort of motor difficulty, ranging from atypical movement to problems with handwriting.

What types of motor issues do autistic people have?

They may have gross-motor problems, such as a clumsy, uncoordinated movement; and difficulties with fine-motor control, such as manipulating objects and writing. Some may have trouble coordinating movements between the left and right side of the body among different limbs, making it difficult to do actions like pumping their legs on a swing, jumping, skipping or hopping. Others may have low muscle tone and problems maintaining their posture or balance. Still others seem to have trouble with actions requiring hand-eye coordination, such as catching a ball or imitating the movements of others, and with planning a series of movements or gestures, known as praxis. These difficulties can range from mild to severe and can impact any motor system of the body2.

How are motor problems treated?

The standard treatments typically include physical and occupational therapy, however, only 32 percent of children with Autism get treatment for their motor issues. Some experts have begun trying out new treatments, such as adapted sports programs, yoga, martial arts and movement therapies involving music.

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