ERIC Number: EJ891272
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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Sensory Responsiveness as a Predictor of Social Severity in Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders
Hilton, Claudia L.; Harper, Jacquelyn D.; Kueker, Rachel Holmes; Lang, Andrea Runzi; Abbacchi, Anna M.; Todorov, Alexandre; LaVesser, Patricia D.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n8 p937-945 Aug 2010
This study examines the relationship between sensory responsiveness and social severity in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders (HFASD; N = 36) and age-matched controls (N = 26) between 6 and 10 years old. Significant relationships were found between social responsiveness scale scores and each of the six sensory profile sensory system scores for children with HFASD and controls. Multivariate regression analyses revealed atypical scores from multisensory responsiveness, and responsiveness of the proximal senses of oral sensory/olfactory and touch as the strongest predictors of greater social impairment in the participants. Findings suggest that the relationship between sensory responsiveness and other autistic traits is more important than previously recognized and addressing sensory modulation issues in children with HFASD may be more critical than previously understood.
Descriptors: Autism, Severity (of Disability), Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Prediction, Control Groups, Scores, Profiles, Sensory Integration, Multivariate Analysis, Olfactory Perception, Interpersonal Competence, Measures (Individuals), Children
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