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Exploring the prevalence and phenomenology of repetitive behaviours and abnormal sensory processing in children with Williams Syndrome.

Janes, E. and Riby, D. M. and Rodgers, J. (2014) 'Exploring the prevalence and phenomenology of repetitive behaviours and abnormal sensory processing in children with Williams Syndrome.', Journal of intellectual disability research., 58 (8). pp. 746-757.

Abstract

Background A small amount of research with individuals who have Williams Syndrome (WS) suggests that children with the condition may be vulnerable to sensory processing abnormalities and present with repetitive and restricted behaviours. Methods Parents of 21 children with WS aged 6–15 years completed a semi-structured interview designed to elicit the form, frequency, impact and developmental course of a range of sensory processing abnormalities and repetitive behaviours. Results Findings indicate that sensory processing difficulties are predominantly characterised by hypersensitivities, particularly in relation to vestibular, auditory, gustatory and proprioceptive functioning. Parents also reported the presence of a range of restricted and repetitive behaviours, which were often associated with their child's sensory symptoms. Conclusions This study makes a significant contribution to our understanding of sensory functioning and repetitive behaviours in WS. It also highlights the need for a multidisciplinary assessment of the difficulties experienced by children with the disorder.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Repetitive and restricted behaviours, Sensory processing abnormalities, Williams Syndrome.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jir.12086
Publisher statement:This is the accepted version of the following article: Janes, E., Riby, D. M. and Rodgers, J. (2014), Exploring the prevalence and phenomenology of repetitive behaviours and abnormal sensory processing in children with Williams Syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58 (8): 746–757, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jir.12086. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
Date accepted:08 July 2013
Date deposited:16 December 2014
Date of first online publication:20 August 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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