Tactile and hearing sensitivity of children with and without autism using the sensory profile and DSM-5

Bahira Demirovi?, Amila Mujezinovi?, Munevera Be?arevi?, Nermin Demirovi?, Nejra Be?arevi?, Alma Dizdarevi?, Vesna Bratovči?


Background: Children with autism in their characteristics show a series of unusual reactions to stimuli in all areas of the sensory system.

Aim: The aim of this paper was to compare the tactile and auditory processes, i.e. to determine the deficits of these processes by children with autism spectrum disorder (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed.) in relation to children with intellectual disabilities and children of the typical population.

Methods: The sample consisted of a total of 105 children. During the survey, the method of proportional stratified sample was used and the data collection was carried out in 2017 on the entire territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Short Sensory Profile was applied (Dunn, 1999) and through 13 items, Tactile Perception and Hearing Perception were examined.

Results: It was found that 71.4% of children with autism had significant difficulties in the area of tactile perception and 65.7% in the area of hearing perception. Tactile and hearing sensitivity is also common by children with intellectual disabilities, which undermines the inclusion of the difficulty of sensory processing as a key diagnostic criterion for autism.



autism, tactile sensitivity, hearing sensitivity, DSM-V

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DOI: 10.5457/ams.v48i1-2.446