The sensory experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorder: a qualitative analysis

Robertson, A. E. and Simmons, D. R. (2015) The sensory experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorder: a qualitative analysis. [Data Collection]

Original publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/p7833
Enlighten Publications URI: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/106809

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It has been well established that individuals with autism spectrum disorder report unusual experiences with sensory stimuli compared with typically developing individuals. However, there is a paucity of research exploring the nature of such experiences. A focus group was conducted with six adults with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome. Data were coded and analysed using an inductive, qualitative thematic analysis. Four main themes encompassing both positive and negative sensory experiences emerged from these data: (a) the importance of particular aspects of stimuli in their perception, (b) the importance of having control over stimuli, (c) how emotions/mental states could impact/be impacted by sensory stimuli, and (d) physical responses to stimuli. These data are discussed alongside extant literature. Limitations, possible implications, and potential directions of future research are also discussed.

College / School: College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 08:59
Enlighten Publications URL: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/106809/
Retention date: 30 June 2025
Funder's Name: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
URI: http://researchdata.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/197

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Robertson, A. E. and Simmons, D. R. (2015); The sensory experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorder: a qualitative analysis

University of Glasgow

10.5525/gla.researchdata.197

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