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Title: The level of agreement between parents/caregivers and school staff on the short sensory profile completed for children with autistic spectrum disorder
Author: McVey, Michelle J. M.
Awarding Body: University of Lincoln
Current Institution: University of Lincoln
Date of Award: 2009
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Background Sensory sensitivity (SS) is defined as the level to which an individual is able to regulate their responses to sensory input. Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have been found to display unusual and abnormal levels of SS. These variabilities in SS have been associated with poorer levels of adaptive behaviour, behavioural difficulties and emotional problems. Parental questionnaires are frequently used to assess children’s SS. However concern has been raised regarding the use of parents as the sole informant. This study aimed to assess whether parental reports of children’s SS were consistent with alternative informants’ (school staff) reports. Methods The Short Sensory Profile (SSP: Dunn, 1999) was administered to 72 pairs of parents/caregivers and school staff, to be completed for children with ASD (aged 4 to 18 years). This 38 item questionnaire highlights variations of sensory modulation and provides a total score, and 7 factor/subsection scores relating to different aspects of sensory processing (e.g. auditory filtering). This study utilised intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) values to assess the level of agreement.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine