The level of agreement between parents / caregivers and and school staff on the short sensory profile completed for children with autistic spectrum disorder

McVey, Michelle J. M. (2009) The level of agreement between parents / caregivers and and school staff on the short sensory profile completed for children with autistic spectrum disorder. DClinPsy thesis, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

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.

Additional Information:A research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University of Lincoln for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Keywords:Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:17448
Deposited On:15 May 2015 14:23

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