Special Issue "Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders"

A special issue of Journal of Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2077-0383). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychiatry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonio Narzisi
Guest Editor
Department of Child Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology, IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation, 56018 Pisa, Italy; University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
Interests: Autism; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Psychology; Psychotherapy; Neurosciences; Precision Medicine
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Dr. Maddalena Fabbri-Destro
Guest Editor
Institute of Neuroscience‚ÄĒNational Research Council of Italy (IN-CNR), Parma, Italy
Interests: Autism; Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Neurophysiology; Motor Development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, the number of diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) has significantly increased. According to the DSM-V, ASDs are a heterogeneous set of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by deficits in social communications and interaction plus the presence of restricted interests and repetitive behaviors.

Motor impairments have been widely reported in children with an ASD, but it remains unclear how they are distributed across the spectrum, and whether they are associated with the clinical specifiers of autism (i.e., intelligence, language, comorbidity, and associated conditions). The development of proper motor skills is an essential component of communication and social engagement, and motor dysfunctions may influence social development, interfering with opportunities for social interactions and learning. Moreover, it has been suggested that the impairment in motor skills in children with an ASD may also impact upon their understanding of others’ actions. Thus, investigating the nature of motor problems in ASDs may offer a new perspective on diagnostic and treatment approaches.

This Special Issue of the Journal of Clinical Medicine aims to present a collection of studies detailing the most recent advances in the field of autism research. Authors are invited to submit cutting-edge research and reviews that address a broad range of topics related to ASD and Motor Skills, including motor development, screening, early diagnosis, evidence-based intervention, new technologies (e.g., eye-tracking, EEG, MR, wearable sensors, VR, robotic research), sensory profiles, language, cognitive priors, action predictors, and biomarkers. In particular, we aim to present studies in autism research that may have a significant translational effect on the field of clinical services.

Dr. Antonio Narzisi
Dr. Maddalena Fabbri-Destro
Guest Editors

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  • autism
  • motor skills
  • diagnosis
  • intervention

Published Papers

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