Send to

Choose Destination
J Autism Dev Disord. 2008 Apr;38(4):644-56. Epub 2007 Sep 2.

Gross motor development, movement abnormalities, and early identification of autism.

Author information

Department of Psychiatry, University of California-Davis Health System, M.I.N.D. Institute, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817, USA.


Gross motor development (supine, prone, rolling, sitting, crawling, walking) and movement abnormalities were examined in the home videos of infants later diagnosed with autism (regression and no regression subgroups), developmental delays (DD), or typical development. Group differences in maturity were found for walking, prone, and supine, with the DD and Autism-No Regression groups both showing later developing motor maturity than typical children. The only statistically significant differences in movement abnormalities were in the DD group; the two autism groups did not differ from the typical group in rates of movement abnormalities or lack of protective responses. These findings do not replicate previous investigations suggesting that early motor abnormalities seen on home video can assist in early identification of autism.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center