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ERIC Number: EJ1052779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Relationship between Auditory Processing and Restricted, Repetitive Behaviors in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Kargas, Niko; López, Beatriz; Reddy, Vasudevi; Morris, Paul
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n3 p658-668 Mar 2015
Current views suggest that autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterised by enhanced low-level auditory discrimination abilities. Little is known, however, about whether enhanced abilities are universal in ASD and how they relate to symptomatology. We tested auditory discrimination for intensity, frequency and duration in 21 adults with ASD and 21 IQ and age-matched controls. Contrary to predictions, there were significant deficits in ASD on all acoustic parameters. The findings suggest that low-level auditory discrimination ability varies widely within ASD and this variability relates to IQ level, and influences the severity of restricted and repetitive behaviours (RRBs). We suggest that it is essential to further our understanding of the potential contributing role of sensory perception ability on the emergence of RRBs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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