Movement research – ASD #7

A review article by Kindregan in 2015 delineated common gait characteristics in autistic children between the ages of 4 and 18 years:

  • reduced stride length
  • increased step width ( = wider base of support)
  • reduced range of motion at ankle and knee with increased hip flexion (decreased degrees of freedom?)
  • decreased ground reaction force at toe off (decreased muscle power?)

The last post discussed difficulties with transitional movement in autism. If we look at gait as a transitional movement, then it’s not surprising that we would see movement differences here as well.

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