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Physiological and behavioral characterization of sensory dysfunction in autism  

Unusual responses to sensation or sensory dysfunction (SD) are extremely prevalent (80-90%) in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and present challenging obstacles for parents and children by limiting adaptive behaviors (daily living, motor, socialization, and communication skills) and participation in life activities. SD in autism is poorly characterized, and current practices to address SD lack an evidentiary basis. The objectives of this project are to characterize SD in children with ASD in comparison to controls on behavioral and physiological measures and to determine the impact of SD on adaptive behaviors and participation in home, school, and community activities. Based on these data, the best predictors of adaptive behavior and participation will be used to develop a conceptual model of SD that will be used in future work to develop and test intervention strategies to help decrease sensory behaviors and enhance participation in learning, play, and social activities. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $76,478.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 5R03HD055972-02
Principal Investigator Schaaf, Roseann
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Sensory and Motor Function
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Thomas Jefferson University
State/Country Pennsylvania
Web Link 1 Physiological and behavioral characterization of sensory dysfunction in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
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