New Study Affirms Handwriting Problems Affect Children with Autism into the Teenage Years

Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute have found that handwriting problems exhibited by children with autism tend to continue when these children become teenagers. In 2009, the first research study examining the quality of handwriting in children with autism was conducted and discovered that level of motor skills predicted handwriting problems. The new research reveals that, like younger children with autism those aged 12 to 16 also have handwriting problems when compared to normally developing teenagers. In teenagers with autism, however, perceptual reasoning, or the ability to work through a problem with nonverbal material, was the chief predictor of handwriting problems.

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