Sensory responsiveness as a predictor of social severity in children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders

Claudia L. Hilton, Jacquelyn D. Harper, Rachel Holmes Kueker, Andrea Runzi Lang, Anna M. Abbacchi, Alexandre Todorov, Patricia D. Lavesser

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)937-945
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume40
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

Keywords

  • Sensory modulation
  • Sensory processing
  • Sensory systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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