Activity Participation and Sensory Features Among Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Little, L. M., Ausderau, K., Sideris, J., & Baranek, G. T.

From the abstract: "Sensory features are highly prevalent among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and have been shown to cluster into four patterns of response, including hyperresponsiveness, hyporesponsiveness, enhanced perception, and sensory interests, repetitions and seeking behaviors. Given the lack of large-scale research on the differential effects of sensory response patterns on children’s participation in specific activities, this study investigated the extent to which sensory response patterns impacted six dimensions of children’s activity participation as measured by the Home and Community Activities Scale among a large, national sample of school aged children with ASD (n = 674). Using mixed model regression, results showed that sensory response patterns differentially impacted dimensions of activity participation, and associations were moderated by a number of child characteristics..."

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Citation: Little, L. M., Ausderau, K., Sideris, J., & Baranek, G. T. (2015). Activity participation and sensory features among children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2981-2990.
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2460-3