Children with autism adapt normally during a catching task requiring the cerebellum.

TitleChildren with autism adapt normally during a catching task requiring the cerebellum.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsMostofsky SH, Bunoski R, Morton SM, Goldberg MC, Bastian AJ
JournalNeurocase
Volume10
Issue1
Pagination60-4
Date Published2004 Feb
Abstract

The cerebellum, which has been found to be abnormal in histopathological studies of autism, is important for motor adaptation. We studied controls and children with high functioning autism (HFA) performing a catching adaptation test that is known to be impaired following cerebellar damage. Results showed no differences in adaptation rates or after-effects for HFA subjects versus controls. The findings indicate normal motor adaptation in HFA, suggesting normal or compensated cerebellar function for this task.

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