Sensori-motor and daily living skills of preschool children with autism spectrum disorders

Emmanuelle Jasmin, Mélanie Couture, Patricia McKinley, Greg Reid, Eric Fombonne, Erika Gisel

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Sensori-motor development and performance of daily living skills (DLS) remain little explored in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The objective of this study was to determine the impact of sensori-motor skills on the performance of DLS in preschool children with ASD. Thirty-five children, 3-4 years of age, were recruited and assessed with a battery of diagnostic and clinical tests. Children showed atypical sensory responses, very poor motor and DLS. Sensory avoiding, an excessive reaction to sensory stimuli, and fine motor skills were highly correlated with DLS, even when cognitive performance was taken into account. Sensori-motor deficits have an impact on the autonomy of children with ASD and interventions should aim at improving and supporting the development of sensori-motor skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-241
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of autism and developmental disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Fine motor skills
  • Functional independence
  • Gross motor skills
  • Pervasive developmental disorders
  • Self-care activities
  • Sensory Profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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