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|Title: ||Fractal Dynamics of Circle Drawing in Children with ASD|
|Authors: ||Fleury, Amanda|
|Advisor: ||Chau, Tom|
|Department: ||Biomedical Engineering|
|Keywords: ||Autism spectrum disorder|
Fine motor activity
|Issue Date: ||7-Dec-2011|
|Abstract: ||Sensory motor deﬁcits, although not part of the diagnostic criteria, are frequently reported in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The ob jective of this project is to study the temporal and spatial dynamics of an approximately periodic motor activity (circle drawing) in children with ASD. The natural rhythm of periodic motor activities such as circle drawing are known to exhibit statistical persistence in typically developing individuals.
A sample of 15 children aged 4 to 8 years, with a primary diagnosis of ASD were asked to draw circles using a computerized tablet and pen, which record spatio-temporal data. Results were compared with those of 19 typically developing children. While no diﬀerences were seen in statistical persistence, diﬀerences were observed in timing of discontinuous circle drawing and in kinetic process variable such as grip and axial forces. Understanding the speciﬁc nature of graphomotor deﬁcits is the ﬁrst step towards developing targeted treatment for these impairments.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
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