Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication
Mary E. Gordon
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech: Emphasis in Speech Pathology/Audiology
Autism, Sensory discrimination
1 online resource (74 p.)
A review of the literature indicated that not all of the research in the area of overselectivity of autistic children has been in agreement. It does seem evident that some autistic children overselect. This could be the result of an attentional factor or a modality preference. This has important implications for the education of autistic children. In the light of the inconsistency of autistic children's reactions to sensory stimuli (Hermelin and O'Connor, 1970; Wing, 1972; Koegel, 1976) this investigator believe·d there was a need to determine if overselection is consistent before referring to the overselected modality as a preferred modality or comparing overselected modalities with the child's mode of communication (manual' or speech).
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Walker, Patricia O'Meara, "An investigation of the consistency of stimulus overselection of autistic children" (1979). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2909.