Daily Living Tasks Affected by Sensory and Motor Problems in Children with Autism Aged 5-12 Years

Sheza Ahmed, Humaira Waseem, Ambreen Sadaf, Rabia Ashiq, Hafsa Basit, Sybil Rose


Background:Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder faces sensory and motor problems (Vestibular, proprioceptive, Tactile, Auditory and visual processing). Due to these problems, individuals faces difficulties in performing their daily task properly.

Objective(s):The objective of this study was to determine how daily living (DL) tasks affected in children with  autism Spectrum disorder having sensory and motor problems aged 5-12 years.

Methodology:The study conducted in Rehab care school for special children and Hamza Montessori School for special children. Data was collected by using purposing sampling technique in the duration of 4 months. Cross sectional study design was used. 60 patients from both genders were included. Sample selection criteria included the children with autism spectrum disorder with age range of 05-12 years. Sensory profile questionnaire based on Ayers sensory integration theory and Standardized Barthel index scale were used and the data was analyzed by SPSS to determine how daily living task are affected by sensory and motor problems.

Results:The results showed that Tactile and auditory processing disorders were highly affecting the performance of the children. About 70% of these individuals were having problems in performing their daily living tasks.

Conclusion(s):It was concluded that most of the children with autism spectrum disorder have sensory and motor problems. The performance in activities of daily living is affected by sensory and motor problems especially the tactile and auditory processing. Tactile processing shows that children have difficulty in performing activities like dressing, eating and toileting.

Keywords: ASD, DL, Sensory and motor problems

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/92-02

Publication date:August 31st 2021

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