Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 39, Issue 7, pp 1087–1091

Breif Report: Sensory Abnormalities as Distinguishing Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children

  • Lisa D. Wiggins
  • Diana L. Robins
  • Roger Bakeman
  • Lauren B. Adamson
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-009-0711-x

Cite this article as:
Wiggins, L.D., Robins, D.L., Bakeman, R. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2009) 39: 1087. doi:10.1007/s10803-009-0711-x

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the sensory profile of young children with ASD compared to young children with other developmental delays (DD) at first ASD assessment. Results found that young children with ASD had more tactile and taste/smell sensitivities and difficulties with auditory filtering than young children with other DD. Moreover, sensory scores were significantly correlated with stereotyped interests and behaviors. These findings support the hypotheses that young children with ASD show more sensory impairments than young children with other DD and that sensory symptoms are significantly related to stereotyped interests and behaviors. Results also suggest that sensory abnormalities are distinguishing symptoms of ASD that should be considered in diagnostic algorithms for younger cohorts.

Keywords

AutismSensory abnormalitiesSensory profile

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa D. Wiggins
    • 1
    • 2
  • Diana L. Robins
    • 1
  • Roger Bakeman
    • 1
  • Lauren B. Adamson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.CDC/NCBDDDAtlantaUSA