COMPARATIVE GAIT ANALYSIS BETWEEN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND AGE MATCHED CONTROLS
Keywords: gait analysis, autism, GAITRite system
AbstractThere are very few studies that have analyzed the gait of children with autism. The purpose of this study was to investigate gait of children with autism using temporal-spatial variables. Fifteen children with autism and fifteen age matched typically developing children walked 3 times on the GAITRite® system. Dependent variables were statistically analyzed using independent samples t-tests with Bonferroni adjustments. Results show a reduction in cadence, gait velocity, step length and an increase in step width for the children with autism. In conclusion, our results suggest that the children with autism have abnormal gait compared to age matched controls.
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