Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Kristen Jamison


Research suggests that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) display movement impairments that are distinct from typically developing peers. Results from numerous studies suggest various and inconsistent findings. Therefore, movement differences in children with ASD should continue to be assessed. The current study examined the characteristics of gait and balance in children with ASD, between the ages of 7 and 11, by comparing behavioral observation and parent report. As two of the most frequent behaviors of movement and two of the main movements implicated in neurological disorders, an evaluation of how these behaviors differ in children with ASD will offer a better understanding of this spectrum of disorders to those who are affected, their families, and support services. Gait characteristics and balance abilities were examined in four children with ASD. Parent questionnaires were completed for each participant and compared to behavioral observations. Results supported previous research that suggests that children with ASD exhibit atypical gait patterns. Additionally, parent reports were consistent with behavioral observation. Implications are discussed in detail.

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Psychology Commons