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A Meta-Analysis of Sensory Modulation Symptoms in Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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A Meta-Analysis of Sensory Modulation Symptoms in Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ayelet Ben-Sasson et al. J Autism Dev Disord.

Abstract

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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