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Children with autism adapt normally during a catching task requiring the cerebellum.
|Title||Children with autism adapt normally during a catching task requiring the cerebellum.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2004|
|Authors||Mostofsky SH, Bunoski R, Morton SM, Goldberg MC, Bastian AJ|
|Date Published||2004 Feb|
The cerebellum, which has been found to be abnormal in histopathological studies of autism, is important for motor adaptation. We studied controls and children with high functioning autism (HFA) performing a catching adaptation test that is known to be impaired following cerebellar damage. Results showed no differences in adaptation rates or after-effects for HFA subjects versus controls. The findings indicate normal motor adaptation in HFA, suggesting normal or compensated cerebellar function for this task.