The goals of the neurology research node are to develop and test the neurologic and developmental outcomes of motor based – interventions for autistic individuals, thereby allowing autistic individuals to demonstrate their full cognitive, behavioral, social, and communicative potential.


Co-occurring neurologic conditions are common in autistic individuals. These conditions, such as epilepsy and sleep difficulties, can present across the lifespan and have a detrimental impact on adaptive function, physical health, and neurodevelopmental outcomes. Organized physical activities such as tennis, dance, yoga, may represent potential interventions that have been suggested to improve motor skills, physical and health outcomes, and behavioral outcomes. Specific research priorities that emerged were co-occurring conditions; understanding developmental trajectories and adult outcomes, and coordinating neurological care.

neurology node leader

Rujuta Bhatt Wilson, MD

Assistant Professor in Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Associate Program Director Pediatric Neurology

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under award UT2MC39440, the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health. The information, content, and/or conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government.