My name is Alison Lane and I study sensory features in Autism Spectrum Disorder at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The focus of my work to date has been to identify sensory subtypes in Autism. My studies show that sensory features in Autism vary on the basis of parent reports of the frequency of the behaviours and the sensory modalities affected. Further, these subtypes relate to distinct neural profiles and patterns of challenging behaviours. My current work seeks to validate the use of sensory features as a method of classifying individuals with Autism into clinically meaningful phenotypes. To this end, I am involved in studies examining neurophysiological variation in sensory subtypes (e.g. using event-related potentials, heart rate and electrodermal responsivity). Future studies will explore differential response to treatment in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder based on sensory subtype classification and chart the emergence of sensory subtypes pre-diagnostically in early childhood.
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