Autism: Children With Autism See Movement Twice As Quickly As Their Peers

New research indicates that children with autism have a heightened perception of motion in comparison to their peers.  "Such heightened sensory perception in autism may help explain why some people with the disorder are painfully sensitive to noise and bright lights. It also may be linked to some of the complex social and behavioral deficits associated with autism, says Duje Tadin, one of the lead authors on the study and an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.(Source)

Tadin also stated "We think of autism as a social disorder because children with this condition often struggle with social interactions, but what we sometimes neglect is that almost everything we know about the world comes from our senses. Abnormalities in how a person sees or hears can have a profound effect on social communication."(Source)

This enhanced perception in children with autism could be what causes sensory overload in some situations.  In children without autism, the brain puts a stop to motion perception before it causes sensory overload. The findings of this research are published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

More information on this study can be found here:

http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=6332

http://www.newswise.com/articles/enhanced-motion-detection-in-autism-may-point-to-underlying-cause-of-the-disorder




©Mary M Conneely T/A Advocacy in Action

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