Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 727–730 | Cite as

Brief Report: Assessment of Sensory Abnormalities in People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders



Sensory functioning has long been considered crucial in the life of people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) (Gillberg, C., & Coleman, M. (1992). The Biology of Autistic Syndromes (2nd ed.). London: Mac Keith press.) However, much of the research is methodologically flawed and based on child populations and adults’ retrospective accounts (O’Neill, M.C 1995). Sensory-perceptual abnormalities in autism. Psychological Perspectives in Autism-Conference Proceedings 1995 (pp. 55–61). Autism Research Unit, University of Sundarland). Such sensory dysfunction may contribute to poor person/environment fit and subsequent challenging behaviour. This paper presents an assessment tool developed to explore the sensory functioning of adults with ASD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bolton Hospitals NHS TrustUK
  2. 2.Academic Division of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of ManchesterUK
  3. 3.Academic Division of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural SciencesUniversity of Manchester, Wythenshawe HospitalManchesterUK

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