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Walking Patterns in Children with Autism- Participants Needed -UNB Kinesiology

Author: Megan Kieley

Posted on Jul 26, 2019

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If your child is between six and 16 years old and has been diagnosed with autism, we invite you to take part in a highly specialized walking test involving 3D motion capture at the Andrew and Marjorie McCain Human Performance Laboratory. 

Persons with autism may demonstrate a variety of motor symptoms that can alter the ability to perform activities of daily living, such as walking. Adaptations in walking patterns can lead to pain, fatigue, and joint stress, which in turn, may affect a child's functional capabilities and quality of life. Despite this, very few studies have examined the walking patterns of children with autism. To ensure optimal functionality, independence, and improved quality of life, researchers and clinicians must further examine walking patterns in children with autism. 

The purpose of this study is to compare kinematic and kinetic gait patterns in children with autism versus age-matched controls. The results from this study have the potential to advance our knowledge of walking patterns in children with autism and aid in developing efficient and effective treatment. This study allows parents to gain more information about their child's walking pattern and it is a cool experience for the kids.

This study is on file with the UNB Research Ethics Board as REB#2013-075.

For more information, please contact Dr. Victoria Chester at (506)458-7589 or 

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