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A comparison of the sensory needs of autistic adults with and without intellectual disabilities: A short report

Bradshaw, J., Pringle, J., Milton, D., Beadle-Brown, J. (2023) A comparison of the sensory needs of autistic adults with and without intellectual disabilities: A short report. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 49 (1). pp. 115-119. ISSN 1366-8250. E-ISSN 1469-9532. (doi:10.3109/13668250.2023.2231696) (KAR id:101864)

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Abstract

Background: Autistic people commonly report differing sensory experiences. This research aimed to find out about sensory issues and the sensory environments of autistic adults who did and did not have intellectual disabilities.

Method: Online questionnaires were designed to identify sensory needs. The survey was completed by 138 autistic adults who self-reported and 58 informants reporting about autistic adults who had intellectual disabilities.

Results: Autistic adults self-reported high numbers of sensory needs compared with informant reports of the needs of autistic adults who had intellectual disabilities.

Interpretation: It is possible that informants under-reported issues for autistic adults with intellectual disabilities. Some sensory needs are harder to observe and people with intellectual disabilities may find it difficult to communicate such needs.

Conclusion: The authors propose that better methods of supporting communication of ‘harder to observe’ sensory needs should be developed. Further research is needed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3109/13668250.2023.2231696
Uncontrolled keywords: autistic people, autistic people with intellectual disabilities, sensory needs
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jill Bradshaw
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2023 10:02 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2024 16:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/101864 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bradshaw, J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0379-8877
Pringle, J.: https://orcid.org/0009-0004-1654-3146
Milton, D.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3825-6194
Beadle-Brown, J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2306-8801
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