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AJOT CE: Sensory Features of Toddlers at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2016

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Non-Member Price: $24.99

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Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)




In this study, sensory features in toddlers ages 12–24 months with risk factors for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were observed and their relationship to general development and early signs of ASD explored.  The 546 participants were visited one time for the study and included toddlers with higher risk for ASD; all were administered standardized assessments of sensory features, early signs of ASD, and general development. Sensory features in toddlers were characterized as either adaptive or reactive. Toddlers with more difficulties in oral sensory processing displayed more early signs of ASD. Typical oral and auditory processing were associated with higher cognitive function and toddlers with fewer sensory features overall had more mature language skills. Specific sensory features were associated with both early signs of ASD and less mature general development. Replication of this preliminary study is required.




Kelsey Philpott-Robinson, BOccThy (Hons), is PhD (Occupational Therapy) Candidate, School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia.


Alison E. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences and Priority Research Centre Grow Up Well, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia.


Karen Harpster, PhD, OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.


Learning Objectives:


1.   Identify risk factors for autism spectrum disorder

2.   Describe four distinct sensory subtypes and associated behaviors that may be present in children with autism spectrum disorder

3.   Discuss sensory features in toddlers that may be associated with early signs of autism spectrum disorder


Exam questions for this course authored by Marie Morreale, OTR/L, CHT


Learning Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention


Reference Information:


Philpott-Robinson, K., Lane, A. E., & Harpster, K. (2016). Sensory features of toddlers at risk for autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70, 7004220010.