Article: Auditory-Motor Rhythm Synchronization in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This paper was published in 2017 by Ana Tryfon and colleagues, included Krissy Doyle-Thomas in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by difficulties in social and communication skills as well as atypical sensory perception and motor skills. Sensorimotor abilities such as auditory-motor integration are essential for social interaction and communication. The goal of this research was to investigate the development of auditory-motor rhythm synchronization for the first time in ASD versus typically-developing (TD) children.
Participants were 31 boys with ASD and 23 TD boys that were matched in age and IQ. Participants were tested on an auditory-motor rhythm synchronization task in which they tapped in synchrony with rhythms of varying metrical complexity.
Both children with ASD and TD performed similarly on this task and both groups performed better with age.
This work demonstrates that non-verbal rhythm synchronization is intact in ASD over the course of childhood development. This research serves to better understand sensorimotor interactions in ASD and to better define sensory phenotypes in ASD.
Link: Auditory-Motor Rhythm Synchronization in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Reference Information: Ana Tryfon, Nicholas E. Foster, Tia Ouimet, Krissy Doyle-Thomas, Evdokia Anagnostou, Megha Sharda, Krista L. Hyde,
Auditory-motor rhythm synchronization in children with autism spectrum disorder, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 35, 2017, 51-61.