Development of fine motor skills in children ages 3-8 years who are diagnosed with ASD - A review of relevant literature

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2021
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Porter, Crystalynn
Dillon, Suzanna
Keener, Elizabeth
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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurological and developmental disorder characterized by impairments in social communication and interactions (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), often have delays in motor development that impact their performance in functional tasks (Lloyd et al., 2013; Provost et al., 2007; Staples & Reid, 2010; Van Waelvelde et al, 2010). In early childhood, fine motor delays can negatively impact the development of hand dexterity, academic skills and self-care skills (Martzog et al., 2019); and are often the target of educational and therapeutic interventions. In order to develop effective interventions that improve outcomes for children with ASD, it is critical that service providers understand the impact of the fine motor delays (Provost et al., 2007). Therefore, the purpose of this review of literature is to systematically identify and summarize research on the fine motor development of children, ages 3-8 years, diagnosed with ASD.

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