‘Motor coordination, the ability to control our movements is an integral part of our day-to-day lives. From getting out of bed in the morning, to eating, playing and working we need to accurately control our movements. But what happens if we find motor coordination difficult? In this talk, I will briefly cover how our brains control our movements and why motor coordination difficulties are an overlooked but important aspect of autism. I will present some of my research on motor coordination difficulties in autistic adults and highlight the gaps in our knowledge that need to be addressed to enable motor coordination to have a higher profile in the assessment and support of autistic individuals.’
I am a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health within the Division of Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology. I qualified as an Orthoptist from The University of Liverpool in 1998, following which I worked at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and undertook an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at The University of Manchester. I completed my PhD at University Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, followed by a Post-doctorate position at the Department of Psychology, Birmingham University. In September 2006, I took up a Lectureship at The University of Manchester was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014. Together with Dr Ellen Poliakoff, I direct the Body, Eye and Movement (BEAM) lab, researching sensory motor control, imitation and autism and am Chair of Autism@Manchester.
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