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Atypical Sensory behaviours in children with Tourette’s Syndrome and in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ludlow, Amanda K and Wilkins, Arnold J (2016) 'Atypical Sensory behaviours in children with Tourette’s Syndrome and in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.' Research in Developmental Disabilities, 56. pp. 108-116. ISSN 0891-4222

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Abstract

Certain visual disturbances make it difficult to read text and have been attributed to visual stress, also called "pattern-related visual stress". 12 Children with ASD, 12 children with Tourette's syndrome and without ASD and 12 controls, all matched on age and non verbal ability, participated in an experiment exploring sensory behaviours and visual stress. Reading rate and accuracy were assessed with the Wilkins Rate of Reading test with and without the Intuitive Overlays. Both the children with Tourette's and the children with ASD showed a higher prevalence of atypical sensory behaviours and symptoms of visual stress than the typically developing control children. Six out of twelve children with Tourette's syndrome (50%) read more accurately and over 15% more quickly with a coloured overlay. Four of the 12 children with ASD and none of the control children read over 15% more quickly with an overlay. The findings are discussed in relation to problems in sensory modulation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ASD; Tourette's syndrome; Sensory processing; Visual stress; Cortical hyperexcitability
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 07:13
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:34
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16909

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