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Connecting the dots between motor, social and communication skills in autism

By From page A4 | February 27, 2014

Stewart H. Mostofsky, director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism” during the March UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.

The lecture will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. It is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

Motofsky’s presentation will focus on the anomalous patterns of motor learning exhibited by children with autism, and the correlation of these patterns with measures of their social and communication delays. These findings suggest that motor and social and communicative functioning may be related and contribute to the overall impaired development in these children.

He will present findings on this paradigm, including convergent data from neuroimaging studies of children with autism that reveal abnormalities in connectivity between brain regions involved in visual and motor functioning.

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