The psychometric properties of a new measure of sensory behaviors in autistic children

Louise Neil, Dido Green, Elizabeth Pellicano*

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Unusual reactions to sensory input became part of the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder in the DSM-5. Measures accurately assessing these symptoms are important for clinical decisions. This study examined the reliability and validity of the Sensory Behavior Questionnaire, a parent-report scale designed to assess frequency and impact of sensory behaviors in autistic children. The scale demonstrated excellent internal consistency and concurrent validity, and was a better predictor of autistic symptoms than the Short Sensory Profile within a group of 66 school-age autistic children. The scale also successfully discriminated between autistic and typical children of similar age and ability. The Sensory Behavior Questionnaire has potential as a measure of sensory behaviors in children on the autism spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1261-1268
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Sensory Questionnaire
  • sensory behaviors
  • sensory sensitivities
  • autism

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