Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MSc)


Kinesiology and Physical Education


Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Pamela Bryden

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor

Second Advisor

Paula Fletcher

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


As one of the most prevalent developmental disorders, extensive research exists concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). However, gaps are still evident in a number of areas. Information pertaining to any costs and benefits associated with the experience of caring for a child with autism is inadequate. In Study 1, the lived experiences of married female primary caregivers of children with autism were explored, specifically by examining the costs and benefits of caregiving and its influence on the women’s situations. Furthermore, motor control deficits are apparent in many children with high functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger syndrome (AS), but need to be delineated further to determine the extent and effects of these impairments. As such, Study 2 addressed the areas of fine-motor ability as a function of handedness, in addition to dominance as determined by handedness, footedness and eyedness. As well, motor planning and indices of laterality were examined.

Convocation Year


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Kinesiology Commons