Brain’s motor region disrupted in children with autism

Difficulties with motor control and learning crop up in as much as 80 percent of children with autism, although they are not considered one of the core symptoms of the disorder. Motor problems are thought to be among the earliest identifiable behavioral signs of the disorder, prompting researchers to pay them increasing attention.

Motion capture: Activity in the motor region of the brain in children with autism aged 8 to 12 years (bottom) looks more like that of controls aged 8 or 9 years (top) than like that of controls aged 11 or 12 (middle).