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ERIC Number: EJ1038335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Relationship between Clinical Presentation and Unusual Sensory Interests in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Preliminary Investigation
Zachor, Ditza A.; Ben-Itzchak, Esther
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n1 p229-235 Jan 2014
Unusual responses to sensory stimuli have been described in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).The study examined the frequencies of "unusual sensory interests" and "negative sensory responses" and their relation to functioning in a large ASD population (n = 679). Having "unusual sensory interests" was reported in 70.4% and "negative sensory responses" in 66.0% of the ASD group. Having "unusual sensory interests" was associated with more severe reported and observed autism symptoms, lower cognitive ability and lower adaptive skills. In contrast, having "negative sensory responses" was only associated with more severe reported stereotyped behaviors. It is suggested that having "unusual sensory interests" is a part of a primary more severe type of ASD involving numerous developmental domains that might have a unique neurobiological origin.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Mullen Scales of Early Learning; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule; Bayley Scales of Infant Development; Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence