Sensory correlations in autism

Janet K. Kern, Madhukar H. Trivedi, Bruce D. Grannemann, Carolyn R. Garver, Danny G. Johnson, Alonzo A. Andrews, S. Jayshree Savla, Jyutika A. Mehta, Jennifer L. Schroeder

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between auditory, visual, touch, and oral sensory dysfunction in autism and their relationship to multisensory dysfunction and severity of autism. The Sensory Profile was completed on 104 persons with a diagnosis of autism, 3 to 56 years of age. Analysis showed a significant correlation between the different processing modalities using total scores. Analysis also showed a significant correlation between processing modalities for both high and low thresholds, with the exception that auditory high threshold processing did not correlate with oral low threshold or touch low threshold processing. Examination of the different age groups suggests that sensory disturbance correlates with severity of autism in children, but not in adolescents and adults. Evidence from this study suggests that: all the main modalities and multisensory processing appear to be affected; sensory processing dysfunction in autism is global in nature; and sensory processing problems need to be considered part of the disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalAutism
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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Keywords

  • Autism
  • Sensory processing
  • Sensory Profile

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  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Kern, J. K., Trivedi, M. H., Grannemann, B. D., Garver, C. R., Johnson, D. G., Andrews, A. A., ... Schroeder, J. L. (2007). Sensory correlations in autism. Autism, 11(2), 123-134. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361307075702

Sensory correlations in autism. / Kern, Janet K.; Trivedi, Madhukar H.; Grannemann, Bruce D.; Garver, Carolyn R.; Johnson, Danny G.; Andrews, Alonzo A.; Savla, S. Jayshree; Mehta, Jyutika A.; Schroeder, Jennifer L.

In: Autism, Vol. 11, No. 2, 03.2007, p. 123-134.

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Kern, JK, Trivedi, MH, Grannemann, BD, Garver, CR, Johnson, DG, Andrews, AA, Savla, SJ, Mehta, JA & Schroeder, JL 2007, 'Sensory correlations in autism', Autism, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 123-134. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361307075702
Kern JK, Trivedi MH, Grannemann BD, Garver CR, Johnson DG, Andrews AA et al. Sensory correlations in autism. Autism. 2007 Mar;11(2):123-134. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361307075702
Kern, Janet K. ; Trivedi, Madhukar H. ; Grannemann, Bruce D. ; Garver, Carolyn R. ; Johnson, Danny G. ; Andrews, Alonzo A. ; Savla, S. Jayshree ; Mehta, Jyutika A. ; Schroeder, Jennifer L. / Sensory correlations in autism. In: Autism. 2007 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. 123-134.
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