TIZIANA DE VITA1, ROBERTA ROSA1, FELICIA NAPOLITANO2
1University of Basilicata - 2Parthenope University, Via Medina, 40 - Naples, Italy
The DSM-5 defines the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as a neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by persistent communication and social interaction deficits, and by the presence of a repertoire of stereotyped and repetitive behaviors, inter- ests or activities(1). The DSM-5 (1) has grouped a series of previously separate disorders into a single name, that of autism spectrum disorder, and has reduced the triad of impairments described in DSM-IV (2) - social behavior deficit, language deficit, repetitive behavior and restricted interests- in two categories: social communication difficulties and repetitive or restrictive behavior.
In the literature there are indications showing how, from a clinical point of view, ASD includes motor deficits such as diffi- culties in movement organization(3), and difficulties related to anticipatory control and action planning skills(4).
Autism, Pet-Therapy, Motor Disorder