Moving in autism: toward improved autistic wellbeing through motion analysis

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Abstract

Motor differences are prevalent in autism, affecting 88% of autistic children (Bhat, 2022) and often persisting into adulthood (Cho et al., 2022). These motor challenges have the potential to impact the overall wellbeing of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Our research team has utilised smart tablet gameplay to explore motor differences between autistic children and their typically developing peers. Developmental trends in motor control were found to differ in autistic children (Chua et al., 2022), and the movement differences were context-dependent during gameplay (Lu et al., 2022). Additionally, these motor signals can be leveraged to develop machine learning models for early identification of autism, enabling timely intervention (Anzulewicz et al., 2016). Ellipse drawing tasks on a smart tablet have also revealed variations in adherence to the two-thirds power law in both autistic children (Fourie et al., 2022) and adults (Lu et al., 2023). Furthermore, efforts are underway to translate this knowledge into wearable sensor technology, enabling the identification of motor signatures in younger children who may lack the motor control skills required for smart tablet-based activities.

Leveraging smart sensors in tablet or wearable devices provides a means to identify these motor signatures in autistic individuals. This understanding not only raises awareness of the motor differences but also facilitates the development of tailored intervention plans and policy changes aimed at reducing the challenges associated with these motor differences. Ultimately, such initiatives aim to foster a more autism-friendly environment that promotes the wellbeing of individuals on the autism spectrum.

This poster was presented at the Scottish Autism Research Group (SARG) Conference 2023: Autistic Wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2023
EventScottish Autism Research Group (SARG) Conference 2023: Autistic Wellbeing - University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Aug 202322 Aug 2023
https://sites.google.com/view/sarg2023

Conference

ConferenceScottish Autism Research Group (SARG) Conference 2023: Autistic Wellbeing
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityStirling
Period22/08/2322/08/23
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Keywords

  • autism
  • autistic wellbeing
  • motion analysis

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