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Title: Fear and sensory experiences in children on the autism spectrum
Author: McGowan, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 2691 3035
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2009
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Existing research indicates that typically developing children pass through predictable stages of fear development throughout their childhood. Evidence suggests that in general, children with disabilities experience more fears than typically developing children. Children with disabilities share similar stages of fear development compared to typically developing children, but at a delayed rate, with a more protracted course. Children on the autism spectrum experience higher levels of anxiety, compared to other children. Limited fear research in children on the autism spectrum suggests that they exhibit a unique fear profile compared to their peers, however, little is known about why this may be. Chapter 1 reviews published literature on fear development for typically developing children, children with physical and intellectual disabilities, and children on the autism spectrum. Chapter 2 presents an empirical study that investigates the relationship between sensory processing and fear profiles in children on the autism spectrum. The results support the notion that sensory experiences may account for a proportion of the unique fear pattern experienced by children on the autism spectrum. The thesis concludes with a reflective account that reviews the process of conducting internet-mediated research on children on the autism spectrum.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RJ Pediatrics