The role of sensory modulation deficits and behavioral symptoms in a diagnosis for early childhood

Ruth Pérez-Robles, Eduardo Doval, Ma Claustre Jané, Pedro Caldeira Da Silva, Ana Luisa Papoila, Daniel Virella

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Abstract

To contribute to the validation of the sensory and behavioral criteria for Regulation Disorders of Sensory Processing (RDSP) (DC:0-3R, 2005), this study examined a sample of toddlers in a clinical setting to analyze: (1) the severity of sensory modulation deficits and the behavioral symptoms of RDSP; (2) the associations between sensory and behavioral symptoms; and (3) the specific role of sensory modulation deficits in an RDSP diagnosis. Based on clinical observations, 78 toddlers were classified into two groups: toddlers with RDSP (N = 18) and those with "other diagnoses in Axis I/II of the DC:0-3R" (OD3R; N = 60). The parents completed the Infant Toddler Sensory Profile and the Achenbach Checklist. The results revealed that the RDSP group had more severe sensory modulation deficits and specific behavioral symptoms; stronger, although not significant, associations between most sensory and behavioral symptoms; and a significant sensory modulation deficit effect. These findings support the validity of RDSP. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-411
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

Keywords

  • CBCL 1/2-5
  • DC:0-3R
  • Infant toddler sensory profile
  • Regulation Disorders of Sensory Processing
  • Sensory modulation dysfunction

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