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Systematic Review

Vol. 12 No. 2 (2009)

Sensory Characteristics in ASD

  • Mary E Stewart
  • Natalie Russo
  • Jennifer Banks
  • Louisa Miller
  • Jacob A Burack
August 12, 2020


In this paper, we review evidence regarding differences in the types of sensory experiences  of persons with ASD with respect to both unisensory and multisensory processing. We discuss self- reports, carer questionnaires as well as perceptual processing differences found in the laboratory.  Incoming information is processed through one or more of our senses and fundamental differences in the processing of information from any sensory modality or combination of sensory modalities are likely to have cascading effects on the way individuals with ASD experience the world around them, effects that can have both positive and negative impact on a individual with ASD’s quality of life.


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