The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
By Laura Geggel
May 2, 2014
A small study published 3 April in the journal Molecular Autism found that 98 percent of mothers of children with autism have unusual responses to sensory stimuli, including light, sound and touch.
Up to 90 percent of children with autism show sensory problems, fixating on or avoiding certain smells, sounds or textures. As a result, the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists abnormal sensitivity in one or more of the five senses as a core diagnostic feature of autism.
Unaffected siblings of children with autism have been reported to have atypical sensory responses, but the new study is the first to examine parents. Overall, only 2 percent of the mothers of children with autism gave standard responses to the questions...
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