Motor Sensory Difference and Apraxia in Autism
Nearly two-thirds of autistic individuals are also apraxic. Apraxia is a neurological condition affecting the ability to perform actions, such a speech and purposeful movement of the body, on demand.
Individuals who are apraxic have difficulty executing planned, sequenced and organized movement. Cueing, verbal prompts and proprioceptive feedback may help improve praxis.
Autism: The Movement Sensing Perspective is the result of a collaborative effort by parents, therapists, clinicians, and researchers from all disciplines in science including physics, engineering, and applied mathematics. The research focuses on the motor sensory differences in autism
Traditional Assessment measures underestimate individuals with motor differences
Current means of assessing cognition, language and academic achievement may be underestimating the ability of nonspeaking individuals.
Adaptive assessment demonstrated age appropriate to mildly delayed language skills in nonspeaking individuals with cerebral palsy. The authors call for use of AAC when assessing individuals with motor differences.
Autistic author, John Elder Robison reflects about college and including nonspeaking individuals after meeting one of GKTC's nonspeaking clients.
Psychologist, Vikram Jaswal reviews Neurotribes and discusses the implications for new directions in autism research and understanding.
Communication is a fundamental human right
ASAN supports access to communication for all nonspeaking individuals.