Focus on autism

Children on the autistic spectrum often have difficulties with posture, coordination and motor planning. In fact recent studies show that movement difficulties are very common in children on the spectrum.  

Core strength and stability is important when lifting heavy objects

Task based training is based on a simple concept: you learn what you practice. In other words motor learning is specific to the task.

If you want to learn to ride a bicycle you need to practice riding a bicycle.

Autistic children and those with developmental coordination disorder do not learn new motor skills in the same easy way, possibly because of differences in the way their brains form new connections.  

Walking over rough terrain or in a crowded space requires close attention to the environment, looking ahead for potential hazards, adapting the direction and speed of walking to deal with changing circumstances and so on.

Many children with movement difficulties also behavior, emotion regulation and attention difficulties which impact on their function and participation at home and at school. These children often have a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder and receive sensory integration therapy.

Notes and abstracts of research on motor control and brain connectivity in autism.

hypermobile child with poor standing posture

Children with movement difficulties (joint hypermobility, low muscle tone, ASD and developmental coordination disorder often have weak core muscle strength and stability, and poorly developed postural response mechanisms. This affects their posture in sitting and standing, as well as their gross motor skills.