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Research suggests that between 50-100% of persons on the autism spectrum have motor skill deficits that impact functional skills and abilities throughout the lifespan. In this module, you will learn about the body systems, patterns, and milestones that are associated with typical motor skill development. You will also learn about some of the issues that people with autism may have regarding large and small motor skill deficits, motor planning skill deficits, visual motor and oral motor skills deficits, and how these deficits may impact both learning and function. 

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 47 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $20 certficate
  1. List the three main body systems that impact motor control.
  2. Describe three important aspects of typical development, including motor patterns and developmental milestones.
  3. Describe four main motor difference areas, which may be seen in people with autism spectrum disorders.
  4. Understand three ways that motor differences can impact people with autism throughout the lifespan..

Module Authors

Lezlie Fahl Kinder, OTR/L

Lezlie Fahl Kinder, OTR/L is an occupational therapist in Lake County, Ohio where she provides services primarily to students on the autism spectrum. She has worked with children with special needs for over 30 years. She presents to parents, educators & others on subjects such as technology, supporting sensory/behavioral/motor needs, integrating therapy service into general education settings and supporting mental health. She has great interest in collaboration and with helping to empower all members of educational teams to use effective, user friendly strategies with students helping them to not only succeed but thrive.

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