Movement research – ASD #4

This 2020 study by Mostert-Kerchoffs has some fascinating information:

  • Autistic children and adolescents display bradykinesia.
  • There was more rigidity of movement in the autistic adolescent group but not in the autistic child group.
  • There was a trend towards dyskinesia as age increased (significant in the adolescent/young adult study group).
  • The study used the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS) to observe movement. This scale was developed for assessment of tardive dyskinesia in adults. You can find a PDF of the AIMS here.
  • There are neuropsychiatric disorders that have movement disorders as an integral part of their symptoms ex. schizophrenia.

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