Assessment of postural control system in autistic patients

Shabana, M. I., Amira Mohamed El Shennawya, T. eldessouky, and ShaimaSabry, "Assessment of postural control system in autistic patients", The Egyptian Journal of Otolaryngology , vol. 28, pp. 44-48, 2012.


Studies using clinical tests have reported abnormal postural balance in children with
autism generally but it was only clinically significant when somatosensory input was
disrupted alone or in combination with other sensory challenges.
To assess the postural control system in autistic children and correlate their age and
Child Autism Rating Scale (CARS) score with their postural control.
Computerized dynamic posturography was performed in 20 autistic children with
(IQ470) between the ages of 5 and 15 years and 15 age-matched healthy children.
There was a statistically significant positive correlation between age in both the study
and the control groups and the Sensory Organization Test (SOT) results in all SOT
conditions. As regards the degree of autism, this study included 20 autistic children
diagnosed by CARS and their CARS values ranged from 30 to 46, with a mean
(33.7 ± 3.22). In our study, we found that there was a statistically significant negative
correlation between the CARS score in the study group and SOT results in all
conditions, except in SOT condition 1.
The evidence from this study suggests the more general involvement of neural circuitry
beyond the neural systems for social behavior, communication, and reasoning, all of
which share a high demand on neural integration of information.
autism, autism spectrum disorder, children, development, postural control, sensory
analysis, sensory organization test
Egypt J Otolaryngol 28:44–48
& 2012 The Egyptian Oto - Rhino - Laryngological Society