Motor-skill deficits may lead children with autism to avoid social interaction, according to a recent study in the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. The inability to play ball or ride a bike could keep children from participating in games during recess or hanging out with friends, lead researcher Megan MacDonald said. "So much of the focus on autism has been on developing social skills, and that is very crucial," she said. "Yet we also know there is a link between motor skills and autism, and how deficits in these physical skills play into this larger picture is not clearly understood," she added.
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