Fear and sensory experiences in children on the autism spectrum
McGowan, Laura (2009) Fear and sensory experiences in children on the autism spectrum. DClinPsych thesis, University of Warwick.
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Existing research indicates that typically developing children pass through predictable
stages of fear development throughout their childhood. Evidence suggests that in general,
children with disabilities experience more fears than typically developing children.
Children with disabilities share similar stages of fear development compared to typically
developing children, but at a delayed rate, with a more protracted course. Children on the
autism spectrum experience higher levels of anxiety, compared to other children. Limited
fear research in children on the autism spectrum suggests that they exhibit a unique fear
profile compared to their peers, however, little is known about why this may be.
Chapter 1 reviews published literature on fear development for typically developing
children, children with physical and intellectual disabilities, and children on the autism
spectrum. Chapter 2 presents an empirical study that investigates the relationship between
sensory processing and fear profiles in children on the autism spectrum. The results support
the notion that sensory experiences may account for a proportion of the unique fear pattern
experienced by children on the autism spectrum. The thesis concludes with a reflective
account that reviews the process of conducting internet-mediated research on children on
the autism spectrum.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (DClinPsych)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Autistic children, Fear in children, Sensory evaluation, Senses and sensation in children|
|Official Date:||May 2009|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Psychology|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Kent, Sarah ; Knibbs, Jacky|
Completed in conjunction with Coventry University. School of Health and Social Sciences.
|Extent:||x, 133 leaves|
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