Assessment of Motor Performance and Functional Academic Skills of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder in the United Arab Emirates

Mahmoud Alakayleh, Ibrahim El-Zraigat


The current study aimed to assess the level of motor performance and functional academic skills of children with autism spectrum disorder in the United Arab Emirates. The sample included 103 cases of children with autism spectrum disorder (69 males and 34 females) enrolled in government and private special education centers in the United Arab Emirates. To achieve the aim of the study, the researcher constructed a scales of the motor performance and functional academic skills, and the validity and reliability of them were verified. In order to answer the questions of the study, the descriptive survey methodology was used, and the means, standard deviations, and one-way analysis of variance were used in data processing and reaching results. The results indicated low levels of motor performance and functional academic skills for children with autism spectrum disorder on the scales used by the study. The study recommended the necessity of including motor performance and functional academic skills in treatment programs.


Motor Performance; Functional Academic skills; Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder; The United Arab Emirates

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