Sensory processing differences are common among individuals with autism spectrum disorders and are now included in the diagnostic criteria for the condition. Sensory processing patterns include hyper-responsiveness, hyporesponsiveness, and sensory seeking. Sensory features vary among and within individuals with ASD and largely depend on contextual factors. Specific sensory processing patterns have been found to affect adaptive behavior and activity participation differentially among those with ASD. Sensory processing can be assessed using parent and self-report measures. A few behavioral observational measures exist to measure sensory features among individuals with ASD. Occupational and physical therapists can best support our clients by working with families and individuals with ASD to understand how sensory preferences and aversions impact participation in everyday life.
The goal of this autism spectrum disorder continuing education program is to provide occupational therapists and physical therapists with information on how sensory processing can affect activity participation and adaptive behavior among individuals with ASD. This module also presents sensory processing assessments to use in practice. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Define sensory processing patterns and prevalence of sensory processing differences among individuals with ASD
- Identify evidence related to specific sensory differences in those with ASD
- Describe how sensory processing patterns are associated with other core features of ASD
- Describe how sensory processing may impact activity participation and adaptive behavior in ASD
- Describe the assessment tools available to therapists to measure sensory processing in ASD
Content Level: Intermediate?
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Domain 1: Performance skills
Domain 2: Client factors
Process 3: Evaluation
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