Journal article

First evidence of sensory atypicality in mothers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Mirko Uljarevic, Margot R Prior, Susan R Leekam

Molecular Autism | BMC | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: Atypical reactions to sensory stimuli show heritability in the general population and are a known risk factor for affective disorders. As sensory problems are highly prevalent in individuals with ASD and their siblings, and the occurrence of affective disorders is elevated in parents of children with ASD, investigating sensory symptoms in parents is important both from clinical and theoretical standpoints.Fifty mothers of children and adolescents with ASD completed the Adolescent and Adult Sensory Profile (AASP). The AASP is a norm-referenced questionnaire that provides scores for four types of responses to sensory stimuli (sensory quadrants): hypo-sensitivity, hyper-sensitivity,..

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Awarded by Health and Care Research Wales

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by PhD funding to MU and SL from the Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care, National Institute for Social Care and Health Research and the School of Psychology, Cardiff University. We deeply appreciate the support and time given by the parents who were involved in the research. We thank Dr Sarah Carrington for helpful comments. We also thank Lynda Morgan and Bev Winn for their help with recruitment.