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Sensory processing: a critical area for understanding autism spectrum disorders
Published on May 31, 2020 57 min
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Welcome to this educational experience on sensory processing, a critical assessment area for autism spectrum disorder. I am so happy to be here with you. I am Winnie Dunn, Distinguished Professor of occupational therapy education at the University of Missouri. I am also a certified positive psychology coach with Dunn and Pope strengths based coaching. I have studied the impact of people's responses to sensory experiences in their everyday life, including the experiences of persons who have autism spectrum disorders. The findings about sensory processing seem to be helpful to researchers, professionals in practice, families and persons on the spectrum. This area of assessment provides unique information about the possible reasons for certain behaviors, and may help us understand some of the variability within the autism diagnosis. When we understand the meaning of a person's responses, we gain insights about their experiences and how to support them to have a satisfying life. So let's get started.
After completion of this learning experience, participants will: explain the core concepts of sensory processing from the literature; be familiar with a growing body of evidence about sensory processing and ASD; recognize patterns of sensory processing that are associated with ASD; identify ways to assess sensory processing status; and discover how sensory processing concepts can be applied in everyday life situations.
Pearson Incorporated publishes the Sensory Profile measures discussed in this lesson, and I am the author or co-author of the Sensory Profile measures. Jessica Kingsley publishes 'Living Sensationallly: Understanding Your Senses', which is a book written for the public. I am the author of this book, which is referenced in this lesson as well. I receive royalties for these publications.