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ERIC Number: EJ810177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Is There a Relationship between Restricted, Repetitive, Stereotyped Behaviors and Interests and Abnormal Sensory Response in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Gabriels, Robin L.; Agnew, John A.; Miller, Lucy Jane; Gralla, Jane; Pan, Zhaoxing; Goldson, Edward; Ledbetter, James C.; Dinkins, Juliet P.; Hooks, Elizabeth
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v2 n4 p660-670 Oct 2008
This study examined the relation between restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped behaviors and interests (RBs) and sensory responses in a group of 70 children and adolescents diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Caregivers completed the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R) and the Sensory Profile. Controlling for IQ and age, total RBS-R and Sensory Profile scores revealed significant correlations both prior to and after removing overlapping items. Examination of the co-occurrence of RBs and atypical sensory responses in this population suggests a subgroup has consistently high rates of problems in both RBs and sensory processing. In addition, this subgroup has high rates of prescribed psychoactive medications and co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses. The IQ and age of this subgroup did not differ significantly from the rest of the participants. Results are consistent with previous research describing the co-occurrence of RBs and sensory response abnormalities in the ASD population. Further investigation of the subset of individuals with ASD who have high rates of RBs and abnormal sensory responses may lead to a more comprehensive understanding of their clinical picture and improve interventions. Additionally, research with this subgroup may have significance for identifying a specific phenotype in ASD. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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