Welcome to the Autism Sensory and Motor Interest Group (Autism SMIG*)

The Autism SMIG is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR). The group was formed after the merger of the Sensory SIG and Motor SIG in 2012. The following pages are provided to promote greater collaboration and conversation between researchers interested in sensory and motor features in autism and further the international research agenda in this area.  The Autism SMIG meets annually at the International Meeting for Autism Researchers (IMFAR). 

How to get the most out of this site:

1. Add your bio to the research biographies page on the Motor Systems and/or Sensory Features pages
2. Subscribe to specific page or whole site changes using the 'More' button in the top right hand corner. This will deliver updates directly to your email box.
3. Participate in discussions, announce news/events via the Discuss/Announce page
4. Upload your posters and other publicly available documents to share ideas and findings with collaborators.

For further information regarding the Autism SMIG, please browse the site and/or contact the co-chairs:

Dr Justin Williams (Motor Chair)                                                                                                    

University of Aberdeen Medical School

Scotland, United Kingdom



Dr Alison Lane (Sensory Chair)

The Ohio State University

Columbus Ohio United States




*1879    Standard 17 July 3/7   The mackerel were so intent upon chasing shoals of smigg, that numbers of them were stranded on the beach.

a1880    F. T. Buckland Nat. Hist. Brit. Fishes 281   If a basket of whitebait be examined in April there will be found a large number of minute fish 1 in. to 112 in. long, perfectly transparent, with a large eye and no scales visible, the body being covered with a few black spots. These are called ‘smig herring’.

a1880    F. T. Buckland Nat. Hist. Brit. Fishes 282   The spratty stuff and the ‘smig’ bait comes up the river first.