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A systematic review of the evidence for hyporesponsivity in ASD

Watts, S.J.; Rodgers, J.; Riby, D.M.

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S.J. Watts

J. Rodgers


Sensory modulation difficulties are common in children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Whilst both hyporesponsivity and hyperresponsivity have been established in ASD comparative to typically developing controls, it has been proposed that hyporesponsivity may distinguish the sensory profile of ASD from other neurodevelopmental conditions. This paper aimed to systematically evaluate evidence for a syndrome-specific profile of hyporesponsivity in individuals with ASD when compared to individuals from clinical comparison groups, evaluating 10 eligible papers. Support was cautiously identified for a syndrome-specific sensory profile of hyporesponsivity. Four factors that reduced variability in findings were as follows: chronological age, type of comparison group, sensory measure and quality of study. Whilst hyporesponsivity in ASD was identified, the use of poorly defined comparison groups, over-representation of children with ASD and intellectual disabilities, and younger age ranges complicate generalisation of this body of work. Recommendations for further research in this field are offered.


Watts, S., Rodgers, J., & Riby, D. (2016). A systematic review of the evidence for hyporesponsivity in ASD. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 3(4), 286-301.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 13, 2016
Online Publication Date Aug 2, 2016
Publication Date Dec 1, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2017
Journal Review journal of autism and developmental disorders.
Print ISSN 2195-7177
Electronic ISSN 2195-7185
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 4
Pages 286-301


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