A Meta-Analysis of Sensory Modulation Symptoms in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Sensory modulation symptoms are common in persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); however have a heterogeneous presentation. Results from 14 studies indicated a significant high difference between ASD and typical groups in the presence/frequency of sensory symptoms, with the greatest difference in under-responsivity, followed by over-responsivity and sensation seeking. Three moderators that reduced the variability in findings among studies were: chronological age, severity of autism, and type of control group. Sensory differences were highest for studies of children ages 6–9 years, samples with more than 80% with an autism diagnosis, and compared to a CA matched versus a MA or DD matched group. It is important to consider these moderators in the design of studies and interventions addressing sensory symptoms.
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- 1. Department of Occupational Therapy, Haifa University, Mt. Carmel, 31905, Haifa, Israel
- 2. Department of Health Services Research, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel
- 3. Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling Department, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA