How Sensory Experiences Affect Adolescents with an Autistic Spectrum Condition within the Classroom

Howe, Fiona E. J. and Stagg, Steven D. (2016) How Sensory Experiences Affect Adolescents with an Autistic Spectrum Condition within the Classroom. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (5). pp. 1656-1668. ISSN 1573-3432

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Abstract

Sensory processing difficulties are consistently reported amongst individuals with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC); these have a significant impact on daily functioning. Evidence in this area comes from observer reports and first-hand accounts; both have limitations. The current study used the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile (AASP; Brown and Dunn in The Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile: self questionnaire. Pearson, 2002a), and a qualitative questionnaire to investigate sensory issues in school children with ASC. The AASP found that the participants’ mean scores were outside normal parameters. Participants reported difficulties in at least one sensory domain, with hearing affecting them the most. Content analysis revealed sensory sensitivity to affect the participant’s learning and that sensory experiences were largely negative. Results suggest that schools need to create sensory profiles for each individual with ASC.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Autism, Sensory processing, Adolescence
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 07:55
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 09:26
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/611338

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