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ERIC Number: EJ1214762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Too Much or Too Little: Hyper- And Hypo-Reactivity in High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Conditions
Elwin, Marie; Ek, Lena; Kjellin, Lars; Schröder, Agneta
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v38 n3 p232-241 2013
Background: Sensory reactivity in people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) has been found to differ in comparison to reactivity in people without ASC. In this study sensory experiences of high-functioning individuals with ASC were explored and described. Method: Interview data from 15 participants with a diagnosis of ASC were analysed by content analysis. Results: Seven aspects of sensory experiences were identified: Being hyper- and hypo-reactive, reacting to general overload, having strong stimuli preferences, managing attentiveness to stimuli, managing sensory/motor stimuli, and dealing with consequences of sensory reactions in daily life. Conclusions: The categorisation of sensory reactivity in this study can guide clinicians on how to pose questions about sensory issues to individuals with ASC. The assessment of spectrum-specific sensory experiences in high-functioning ASC and their association with other social and nonsocial features of ASC are goals for further research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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