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A Systematic Review of Assessments for Sensory Processing Abnormalities in Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Claire O. BurnsEmail author
  • Dennis R. Dixon
  • Marlena Novack
  • Doreen Granpeesheh
Review Paper

Abstract

Sensory processing abnormalities are frequently reported in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but few studies have evaluated the utility of the measures used to evaluate sensory responses. A systematic literature review was conducted to identify current trends in sensory processing assessments. Across the 93 studies included in this review, 16 measures were identified. The results of this review indicate that the majority of assessment measures are based on informant-report rather than behavioral observation, and that the most commonly used measure is the Sensory Profile (Dunn 1999, 2014). Some of these measures lacked well-established psychometric properties, which highlights the need for further validation of these measures. The authors also suggest a more multi-method approach to sensory processing assessment.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Developmental disabilities Sensory Assessment 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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  • Claire O. Burns
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  • Dennis R. Dixon
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  • Marlena Novack
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  • Doreen Granpeesheh
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Center for Autism and Related DisordersWoodland HillsUSA

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