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Sensory Atypicalities in Dyads of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Their Parents

Glod, M.; Riby, D.M.; Honey, E.; Rodgers, J.

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M. Glod

E. Honey

J. Rodgers


Sensory atypicalities are a common feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To date, the relationship between sensory atypicalities in dyads of children with ASD and their parents has not been investigated. Exploring these relationships can contribute to an understanding of how phenotypic profiles may be inherited, and the extent to which familial factors might contribute towards children's sensory profiles and constitute an aspect of the broader autism phenotype (BAP). Parents of 44 children with ASD and 30 typically developing (TD) children, aged between 3 and 14 years, participated. Information about children's sensory experiences was collected through parent report using the Sensory Profile questionnaire. Information about parental sensory experiences was collected via self-report using the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile. Parents of children with ASD had significantly higher scores than parents of TD children in relation to low registration, over responsivity, and taste/smell sensory processing. Similar levels of agreement were obtained within ASD and TD parent-child dyads on a number of sensory atypicalities; nevertheless significant correlations were found between parents and children in ASD families but not TD dyads for sensation avoiding and auditory, visual, and vestibular sensory processing. The findings suggest that there are similarities in sensory processing profiles between parents and their children in both ASD and TD dyads. Familial sensory processing factors are likely to contribute towards the BAP. Further work is needed to explore genetic and environmental influences on the developmental pathways of the sensory atypicalities in ASD.


Glod, M., Riby, D., Honey, E., & Rodgers, J. (2017). Sensory Atypicalities in Dyads of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Their Parents. Autism Research, 10(3), 531-538.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 4, 2016
Online Publication Date Aug 16, 2016
Publication Date Mar 16, 2017
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 16, 2017
Journal Autism Research
Print ISSN 1939-3792
Electronic ISSN 1939-3806
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 531-538


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This is the accepted version of the following article: Glod, M., Riby, D. M., Honey, E. and Rodgers, J. (2016), Sensory atypicalities in dyads of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their parents. Autism Research, 10(3): 531-538, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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