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Measuring sensory reactivity in autism spectrum disorder: application and simplification of a clinician-administered sensory observation scale

Tavassoli, T., Bellesheim, K., Siper, P. M., Wang, T., Halpern, D., Gorenstein, M., Grodberg, D., Kolevzon, A. and Buxbaum, J. D. (2016) Measuring sensory reactivity in autism spectrum disorder: application and simplification of a clinician-administered sensory observation scale. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (1). pp. 287-293. ISSN 0162-3257

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2578-3

Abstract/Summary

Sensory reactivity is a new DSM-5 criterion for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The current study aims to validate a clinician-administered sensory observation in ASD, the Sensory Processing Scale Assessment (SPS). The SPS and the Short Sensory Profile (SSP) parent-report were used to measure sensory reactivity in children with ASD (n = 35) and typically developing children (n = 27). Sixty-five percent of children with ASD displayed sensory reactivity symptoms on the SPS and 81.1 % on the SSP. SPS scores significantly predicted SSP scores. We next identified the five SPS tasks that best differentiated groups. Our results indicate that a combination of parent-report and at least the five most differentiating observational tasks may be most sensitive in identifying the presence of sensory reactivity issues.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Research Network
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:81928
Publisher:Springer

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