Sensory reactivity is a new DSM-5 criterion for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The current study aims to validate a clinician-administered sensory observation in ASD, the Sensory Processing Scale Assessment (SPS). The SPS and the Short Sensory Profile (SSP) parent-report were used to measure sensory reactivity in children with ASD (n = 35) and typically developing children (n = 27). Sixty-five percent of children with ASD displayed sensory reactivity symptoms on the SPS and 81.1 % on the SSP. SPS scores significantly predicted SSP scores. We next identified the five SPS tasks that best differentiated groups. Our results indicate that a combination of parent-report and at least the five most differentiating observational tasks may be most sensitive in identifying the presence of sensory reactivity issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • New DSM-5 criterion
  • Sensory Processing Scale Assessment
  • Sensory reactivity


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