-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism may
lack certain visual skills needed to be independent in adulthood,
new study findings suggest.
For example, they might find it harder than other adults to find
shoes in the bedroom or apples in the supermarket, according to
researchers at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
The study authors asked 20 children with autism and 20 typical
children to press buttons to find a hidden target among multiple
illuminated locations in a room. One side of the room had more
targets than the other side.
The children with autism took longer to recognize patterns in
the test structure that would help them choose where to search for
the targets. The findings suggest that the ability to search for
objects in a large-scale environment is less efficient and less
systematic in children with autism compared to typical children,
the researchers pointed out in a university news release.
The study findings are published in the Dec. 20 issue of the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"The ability to work effectively and systematically in these kind of tasks mirrors everyday behaviors that allow us to function as independent adults, and this research offers an exciting opportunity to explore underlying skills that could help people with autism achieve independence," study co-author Dr. Josie Briscoe said in the news release.
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