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Brief Report: Exploring the Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Repetitive Behaviours in Williams Syndrome

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Debbie Riby, Dr Emily Janes, Professor Jacqueline Rodgers


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This study explored the relationship between sensory processing abnormalities and repetitive behaviours in children with Williams Syndrome (WS; n = 21). This is a novel investigation bringing together two clinical phenomena for the first time in this neuro-developmental disorder. Parents completed the Sensory Profile (Short Form; Dunn in The sensory profile manual. San Antonio: The Psychological Corporation, 1999) and the Repetitive Behaviour Questionnaire (Turner 1995). A significant correlation was evident between the total scores on each of these measures; suggesting that children with WS who exhibit increased sensory processing abnormalities also display a higher number of repetitive behaviours. Further exploratory analyses of subscales of the measures indicated potentially important relationships that suggest a role for arousal regulation in the relationship between sensory processing abnormalities and repetitive behaviours in WS.

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Author(s): Riby DM, Janes E, Rodgers J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Year: 2013

Volume: 43

Issue: 2

Pages: 478-482

Print publication date: 01/02/2013

ISSN (print): 0162-3257

ISSN (electronic): 1573-3432

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1557-1


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