03-01-2021 | Original Paper
First-Hand Accounts of Interoceptive Difficulties in Autistic Adults
Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 10/2021Log in om toegang te krijgen
Interoceptive awareness refers to one’s ability to detect, discriminate, and regulate internal bodily and mental processes. Interoceptive challenges in ASD remain under researched and poorly understood. In this study, we analyzed texts of adults who self-identify as autistic describing their interoceptive challenges. Many individuals described limited awareness of hunger, satiation, or thirst, which contributed to eating disordered behavior in some instances. Others described limited awareness or difficulty understanding affective arousal, pain or illness, and difficulty differentiating benign body signals from signals that represent medical concerns. Findings from this study call for increased research attention on this topic, and a need for valid and objective measures for assessing interoception in ASD.