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Megan MacDonald, Catherine Lord, and Dale A. Ulrich

In addition to the core characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), motor skill deficits are present, persistent, and pervasive across age. Although motor skill deficits have been indicated in young children with autism, they have not been included in the primary discussion of early intervention content. One hundred fifty-nine young children with a confirmed diagnosis of ASD (n = 110), PDD-NOS (n = 26), and non-ASD (n = 23) between the ages of 14–33 months participated in this study.1 The univariate general linear model tested the relationship of fine and gross motor skills and social communicative skills (using calibrated autism severity scores). Fine motor and gross motor skills significantly predicted calibrated autism severity (p < .05). Children with weaker motor skills have greater social communicative skill deficits. Future directions and the role of motor skills in early intervention are discussed.

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Kassi A. Boyd and Donna L. Goodwin

Public spaces, such as leisure settings, can be heavily regulated and hierarchically arranged, imposing restrictive social expectations that lead to the mistreatment, exclusion, and violation of dignity of some people ( Ryan, 2005 ). It has been argued that children on the autism spectrum

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E. Andrew Pitchford and E. Kipling Webster

, & Visscher, 2011 ), autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Liu, Hamilton, Davis, & ElGarhy, 2014 ; Pan, Tsai, & Chu, 2009 ; Staples & Reid, 2010 ), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; Harvey & Reid, 1997 ; Harvey et al., 2007 , 2009 ), and visual impairments ( Haibach, Wagner, & Lieberman, 2014

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Karlee Naumann, Jocelyn Kernot, Gaynor Parfitt, Bethany Gower, and Kade Davison

); spinal cord injury (SCI; Ellapen et al., 2018 ); Parkinson’s disease (PD; Pinto et al., 2019 ); autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Mortimer et al., 2014 ); and acquired brain injury (ABI; Mehrholz et al., 2011 ). Evidence for physical effects, such as improved gross motor skills ( Roostaei et al., 2017

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Ran Zheng, Ilana D. Naiman, Jessica Skultety, Steven R. Passmore, Jim Lyons, and Cheryl M. Glazebrook

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined clinically by impairments in communication, social interaction, and behavioral flexibility ( American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ). According to Autism Speaks Inc. ( 2018 ), autism affects one in 59 children, specifically one in 37 boys. Prevalence rates

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Alice M. Buchanan, Benjamin Miedema, and Georgia C. Frey

addressing either PA as a health behavior or the factors that influence PA in adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To date, we found only one study that specifically reported PA levels in a sample of adults with ASD ( Eaves & Ho, 2008 ). Eaves and Ho conducted a longitudinal study on outcomes in

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Yu Song, Bo Shen, Liansan Dong, Yanli Pang, and Jin Bo

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are characterized as having challenges in social interactions and communication, restricted interests, and stereotyped or repetitive behavior patterns ( American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ). It has been reported that children with ASD have a high

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Teri A. Todd, Keely Ahrold, Danielle N. Jarvis, and Melissa A. Mache

According to the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, one in 59 children aged 8 years is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States ( Baio et al., 2018 ). Furthermore, it is estimated that 1–2% of the population in North America is living with ASD

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Kyle Pushkarenko, Janice Causgrove Dunn, and Donna L. Goodwin

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been described as a developmental impairment represented through variable levels of ability in such areas as communication and language, social interaction, and behavior ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 ). ASD has traditionally been positioned