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Sensor-based technology in the study of motor skills in infants at risk for ASD (Infant motor planning)
Jana M. Iverson 
Longitudinal and cross-sectional data on motor planning in infants at HR for ASD and comparison infants. This research is designed to examine fine motor and object manipulation skills in HR and comparison infants with no such risk (Low Risk infants; LR) between the ages of 12 and 36 months. The approach taken is innovative because it involves the application of newly-developed, technologically sophisticated sensor technology designed for use in unstructured settings in combination with longitudinal behavioral observation to collect finely detailed information about the organization and quality of childrens movements as they perform three motor tasks at varying levels of difficulty. Supplemented by standardized motor assessments, these data will support the analysis of fine motor and object manipulation abilities in a much more subtle and sophisticated fashion than has heretofore been possible. Twenty HR infants already being followed from 5 to 36 months as part of a larger study and 20 LR infants will be observed at home at ages 12, 14, 18, 24, and 36 months as they perform motor tasks that involve reaching for, transporting, and placing an object at a target location. An additional cross-sectional group of 50 children, 10 at each age listed above, will also participate. Kinematic data will be collected via lightweight sensorized wristbands and sensors embedded in the objects. Analyses will focus on overall risk group differences, on change in the kinematic and behavioral variables as a function of task difficulty and age, and on group by difficulty interactions at varying ages. These will be used to evaluate developmental trajectories and possible developmental delays and impairments in the motor skill of HR children, to examine the relation between motor skills and delays exhibited by HR children in other developmental domains, and to provide preliminary information about kinematic and behavioral signatures that may be related to an eventual diagnosis of ASD.
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R21HD068584-01 Sensor-based technology in the study of motor skills in infants at risk for ASD 04/15/2011 03/31/2013 40 20 UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT PITTSBURGH $433,676.00

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Demographics Clinical Assessments 63
Motor Task Clinical Assessments 62

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PubMed IDStudyTitleJournalAuthorsDateStatus
27242630Create StudyPerformance of Motor Sequences in Children at Heightened vs. Low Risk for ASD: A Longitudinal Study from 18 to 36 Months of Age.Frontiers in psychologyFocaroli V, Taffoni F, Parsons SM, Keller F, Iverson JMJanuary 2016Not Determined
25570779Create StudyA technological approach to studying motor planning ability in children at high risk for ASD.Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual ConferenceTaffoni F, Focaroli V, Keller F, Iverson JM2014Not Determined
25055839Create StudySensor-based technology in the study of motor skills in infants at risk for ASD.Proceedings of the ... IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics. IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and BiomechatronicsTaffoni F, Focaroli V, Formica D, Gugliemelli E, Keller F, Iverson JMJune 2012Not Determined
22744786Create StudyEmbedding inertial-magnetic sensors in everyday objects: assessing spatial cognition in children.Journal of integrative neuroscienceCampolo D, Taffoni F, Formica D, Iverson J, Sparaci L, Keller F, Guglielmelli EMarch 2012Not Determined

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Peabody Developmental Motor Scales - Second Edition (PDMS-2) info iconApproved
Motor Task info iconApproved
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