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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 11/2012

01-11-2012 | Letter

Self-Injury in Autism is Largely Unexplained: Now What?

Auteurs: Baudouin Forgeot d’Arc, Michelle Dawson, Isabelle Soulières, Laurent Mottron

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 11/2012

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We read with interest the study by Duerden et al. ( 2012) about factors predicting the presence of self-injury in a well-characterized cohort of 241 autistic children and adolescents. This study used a hierarchical regression model to test whether seven considered factors (in order: atypical sensory processing, IQ, functional communication, social communication, age, need for sameness, rituals and compulsions) predicted self-injury. Two other influences on self-injury, gender and ADOS autism severity scores, were also explored. The authors concluded that “abnormal sensory processing was the strongest single predictor of self-injury followed by sameness, impaired cognitive ability and social functioning.” On this basis, they recommend treatments to reduce autistic self-injury which focus on the two strongest predictors. We agree with the authors about the importance of understanding self-injury in order to improve the situation of autistic individuals, and we believe their striking results deserve attention. However, we question how these results were reported, interpreted, and translated into proposed courses of action. …
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Metagegevens
Titel
Self-Injury in Autism is Largely Unexplained: Now What?
Auteurs
Baudouin Forgeot d’Arc
Michelle Dawson
Isabelle Soulières
Laurent Mottron
Publicatiedatum
01-11-2012
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 11/2012
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-012-1628-3