The relationship between autism symptoms and arousal level in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder, as measured by electrodermal activity.

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TitleThe relationship between autism symptoms and arousal level in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder, as measured by electrodermal activity.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsPrince, EBarbara, Kim, ES, Wall, CAnne, Gisin, E, Goodwin, MS, Simmons, ESchoen, Chawarska, K, Shic, F
JournalAutism
Volume21
Issue4
Pagination504-508
Date Published2017 05
ISSN1461-7005
KeywordsArousal, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Case-Control Studies, Child, Preschool, Female, Galvanic Skin Response, Humans, Male, Play and Playthings
Abstract

Electrodermal activity was examined as a measure of physiological arousal within a naturalistic play context in 2-year-old toddlers ( N = 27) with and without autism spectrum disorder. Toddlers with autism spectrum disorder were found to have greater increases in skin conductance level than their typical peers in response to administered play activities. In the autism spectrum disorder group, a positive relationship was observed between restrictive and repetitive behaviors and skin conductance level increases in response to mechanical toys, whereas the opposite pattern was observed for passive toys. This preliminary study is the first to examine electrodermal activity levels in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder during play-based, naturalistic settings, and it highlights the potential for electrodermal activity as a measure of individual variability within autism spectrum disorder and early development.

DOI10.1177/1362361316648816
Alternate JournalAutism
PubMed ID27289132
PubMed Central IDPMC5812779
Grant ListP01 HD003008 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
P50 MH081756 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH087554 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH100182 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
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