Other researchers say motor skills may offer a way to help spot children with autism as early as the first few months of life.
A study of babies who were later diagnosed as autistic were late reaching milestones such as sitting up, standing on their own and walking, says Dr. Sarah Spence, a pediatric neurologist at the National Institute of Mental Health who helped conduct the study.
TH did have these delays, but we ascribed it to his being an unusually large child with an unusually large head. Little Da had even more significant delays. His fine motor skills now are, however, relatively fantastic, right down to a near-tripod grasp of pencils and an ability to zip his own pants and put straws into individual milk boxes. Dubya has always been all tripod, all the way. He falls flat on his face all the time, we but think that's because he forgets to turn off his anti-gravity servos when he returns to Earth from Planet Dub.
So, for how many of you parents or autistic adults is the headline, "Writing Study Ties Autism to Motor-Skill Problems" a duh moment for you, too?