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      Sensory Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the Home and Classroom Contexts

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          Children with neurodevelopmental disorders often show impairments in sensory processing (SP) and higher functions. The main objective of this study was to compare SP, praxis and social participation (SOC) in four groups of children: ASD Group ( n = 21), ADHD Group ( n = 21), ASD+ADHD Group ( n = 21), and Comparison Group ( n = 27). Participants were the parents and teachers of these children who were 5–8 years old ( M = 6.32). They completed the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) to evaluate the sensory profile, praxis and SOC of the children in both the home and classroom contexts. In the home context, the most affected was the ASD+ADHD group. The ADHD group obtained higher scores than the ASD group on the Body Awareness (BOD) subscale, indicating a higher level of dysfunction. The ASD group, however, did not obtain higher scores than the ADHD group on any subscale. In the classroom context, the most affected were the two ASD groups: the ASD+ADHD group obtained higher scores than the ADHD group on the Hearing (HEA) and Social Participation (SOC) subscales, and the ASD group obtained higher scores than the ADHD group on the SOC subscale. Regarding sensory modalities, difficulties in proprioception seem to be more characteristic to the ADHD condition. As for higher-level functioning, social difficulties seem to be more characteristic to the ASD condition. Differences between the two contexts were only found in the ASD group, which could be related to contextual hyperselectivity, an inherent autistic feature. Despite possible individual differences, specific intervention programs should be developed to improve the sensory challenges faced by children with different diagnoses.

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                Front Psychol
                Front Psychol
                Front. Psychol.
                Frontiers in Psychology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                11 October 2017
                : 8
                1Teaching and Scholastic Organization Department, Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Valencia , Valencia, Spain
                2Basic Psychology Department, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia , Valencia, Spain
                3Developmental and Educational Psychology Department, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia , Valencia, Spain
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                Edited by: Katie Alcock, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

                Reviewed by: Teresa Tavassoli, University College London, United Kingdom; Steven STagg, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

                *Correspondence: Pilar Sanz-Cervera pilar.sanz-cervera@

                This article was submitted to Developmental Psychology, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

                Copyright © 2017 Sanz-Cervera, Pastor-Cerezuela, González-Sala, Tárraga-Mínguez and Fernández-Andrés.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Funded by: Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad 10.13039/501100003329
                Award ID: EDU-2016-78867R
                Funded by: Generalitat Valenciana 10.13039/501100003359
                Award ID: ACIF/2015/218
                Funded by: Universitat de València 10.13039/501100003508
                Award ID: UV-INV-AE16-484594
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