Sensory Processing Difficulties Related to Executive and Cognitive Dysfunction in Children with Autism

September 23, 2020

Study Examines Sensory Challenges in Classroom Settings

By comparing a group of children with autism (n = 40) to a group of neurotypical children (n = 40), Spanish researchers established that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have more sensory processing difficulties than the comparison group of children. The ASD children’s sensory challenges negatively affected their executive and cognitive functioning, especially in the areas of inhibitory control, auditory sustained attention, and short-term verbal memory. The research team suggests that future research should focus on whether sensory interventions for children on the spectrum in school settings can improve deficits experienced in executive and cognitive functioning.

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