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Megan MacDonald, Catherine Lord, and Dale A. Ulrich

Motor skill deficits are present and persist in school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Staples & Reid, 2010). Yet the focus of intervention is on core impairments, which are part of the diagnostic criteria for ASD, deficits in social communication skills. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the functional motor skills, of 6- to 15-year-old children with high-functioning ASD, predict success in standardized social communicative skills. It is hypothesized that children with better motor skills will have better social communicative skills. A total of 35 children with ASD between the ages of 6–15 years participated in this study. The univariate GLM (general linear model) tested the relationship of motor skills on social communicative skills holding constant age, IQ, ethnicity, gender, and clinical ASD diagnosis. Object-control motor skills significantly predicted calibrated ASD severity (p < .05). Children with weaker motor skills have greater social communicative skill deficits. How this relationship exists behaviorally, needs to be explored further.

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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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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

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Layne Case and Joonkoo Yun

The most recent prevalence rates suggest that one in 59 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; Baio, 2018 ), a neurodevelopmental disability with common diagnostic features, such as the presence of restrictive and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities, and

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Norah L. Johnson, Abir K. Bekhet, Rachel Sawdy, Emily Zint, June Wang, Sylvia Pena, Hannah Zurcher, and Nina Enea

The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated at 1 in 54 individuals in the United States. 1 Children with ASD have atypical language, and restrictive, repetitive behaviors. 2 Approximately 40% of children with ASD also have an intellectual disability 3 and other comorbid health

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Leanne K. Elliott, Jonathan A. Weiss, and Meghann Lloyd

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often experience delayed and poor-quality motor skills; in fact, poor motor skills are now considered to be a cardinal feature of ASD by many ( Colombo-Dougovito & Block, 2019 ; Dziuk et al., 2007 ; Fournier et al., 2010 ; LeBarton & Landa, 2019

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John P. Rech, J. Megan Irwin, Adam B. Rosen, Jessica Baldwin, and Michaela Schenkelberg

about 20% of children meet the PA guidelines ( Case et al., 2020 ; Guthold et al., 2020 ). Among those with disabilities, the prevalence of children meeting PA guidelines varies considerably by diagnosis, and approximately 14% of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) meet the guidelines ( Case

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Laura A. Prieto, Benazir Meera, Heather Katz, and Luis Columna

instruction ( Allen et al., 2017 ; Ulrich, 2016 ). In interventional studies focused on the improvement of FMS, the TGMD-3 has served as an appropriate tool to measure differences from pre- to postintervention in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ( Colombo-Dougovito & Block, 2019 ). The COVID-19

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Breanna E. Studenka and Kodey Myers

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often exhibit cognitive, social, and behavioral impairment ( DSM-5 ; American Psychiatric Association, 2013 ). In addition to this, individuals with ASD do not appear to understand the intentions of others as well as their typically developing (TD