The Role of Attention in Somatosensory Processing: A Multi-trait, Multi-method Analysis.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27448580
Author: 
Mostofsky SH
Author List: 
Wodka EL
Puts NA
Mahone EM
Edden RA
Tommerdahl M
Mostofsky SH
Journal: 
J Autism Dev Disord
PubMed ID: 
27448580
Pagination: 
3232-41
Volume: 
46
Issue: 
10
Abstract: 
Sensory processing abnormalities in autism have largely been described by parent report. This study used a multi-method (parent-report and measurement), multi-trait (tactile sensitivity and attention) design to evaluate somatosensory processing in ASD. Results showed multiple significant within-method (e.g., parent report of different traits)/cross-trait (e.g., attention and tactile sensitivity) correlations, suggesting that parent-reported tactile sensory dysfunction and performance-based tactile sensitivity describe different behavioral phenomena. Additionally, both parent-reported tactile functioning and performance-based tactile sensitivity measures were significantly associated with measures of attention. Findings suggest that sensory (tactile) processing abnormalities in ASD are multifaceted, and may partially reflect a more global deficit in behavioral regulation (including attention). Challenges of relying solely on parent-report to describe sensory difficulties faced by children/families with ASD are also highlighted.
Published Date: 
October, 2016

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