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Sensory processing, problem behavior, adaptive behavior, and cognition in preschool children with autism spectrum disorders.
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PMID:  22917125     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE. This retrospective study explored sensory processing characteristics in preschool-age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD); the relationships between sensory processing and problem behavior, adaptive behavior, and cognitive function; and the differences in sensory processing between two subgroups (autism and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified). METHOD. Study measures included the Short Sensory Profile (SSP), Aberrant Behavior Checklist-Community, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, and Mullen Scales of Early Learning. RESULTS. Most of the children with ASD had sensory processing challenges, and a significant relationship was found between SSP total scores and problem behavior scores; however, no significant relationships were found between SSP total scores and adaptive behavior and cognitive functioning. Although all the children had low Vineland scores, approximately one-quarter of the children had typical SSP scores. No significant differences in SSP scores were found between the subgroups. CONCLUSION. The findings highlight the importance of comprehensive evaluations for children with ASD.
Shelley O'Donnell; Jean Deitz; Deborah Kartin; Theresa Nalty; Geraldine Dawson
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1943-7676     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Occup Ther     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705978     Medline TA:  Am J Occup Ther     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  586-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Shelley O'Donnell, MS, OTR/L, is Director, Seattle Therapy Services, 2517 Eastlake Avenue East, Suite 102, Seattle, WA 98102; At the time of this study, she was MS Student, Rehabilitation Science Program, University of Washington, Seattle, and Occupational Therapist at the University of Washington Autism Center, Seattle.
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