Master of Science (MSc)
Kinesiology and Physical Education
Faculty of Science
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.
Markoulakis, Roula, "Piecing Together the Puzzle of Autism: Aspects of Its Effects on Children with the Condition and their Caregivers" (2009). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 942.