This study investigated the extent to which sensory responsivity in infancy contributes to adaptive behavior development among toddlers at high-familial likelihood for autism. Prospective, longitudinal data were analyzed for 218 children, 58 of whom received an autism diagnosis. Results indicated that sensory profiles at age one year (hyperresponsivity, sensory seeking) were negatively associated with later adaptive behavior, particularly for socialization, at age 3 years regardless of diagnostic status. These results suggest that early differences in sensory responsivity may have downstream developmental consequences related to social development among young children with high-familial likelihood for autism.
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This work was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health under awards R01MH116961, P30HD03110, and R01HD05574; Autism Speaks, and the Simons Foundation.
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- adaptive behavior
- early childhood
- sensory responsivity
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