Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are associated with dysfunctions in behavior, cognition and perception. A growing body of evidence has also recently associated ASD with complex motor disorders that appear to predate cognitive impairment.

The objective of the project is to finely characterize the motor behavior of children with ASD on gross motor tasks (posture, walking) and fine motor skills (writing, pointing) in order to determine whether it is possible to find specificities. Ultimately, this project will open up a new perspective in the early and quantitative diagnosis of ASD and in the establishment of new therapeutic specifically targeting motor disorders.

Research labs

  1. Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition et l’Apprentissage (CeRCA, CNRS UMR 7295)
  2. Laboratoire de Neuroscience Expérimentale (LNEC, INSERM U1084)
  3. Institut PPRIME (UPR 3346)
  4. Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d’Aquitaine (INCIA – UMR 5287)
  5. Laboratoire Handicap, Activité, Vieillissement, Autonomie, Environnement (HAVAE- EA6310)

Socio-economic partners

  • Centre Ressources Autisme Poitou-Charentes (Pr Jean Xavier)
  • Centre Ressources Autisme Aquitaine (Dr Anouck Amestoy)
  • Centre Ressources Autisme Limousin (Pr Eric Lemmonier)
  • Hôpital de la Rochelle (Service de Pédopsychiatrie) (Dr Hélène Cottenceau)
  • Union Régionale Autisme France Poitou Charentes (Dr Nicole Collot)

Research investigators

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