Poster Session
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: July 29, 2020
Sensory Differences, Alexithymia and Neural Activity During Emotion Observation in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Article Information
Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Basic Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2020
Sensory Differences, Alexithymia and Neural Activity During Emotion Observation in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411505111. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO3207
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411505111. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO3207
Abstract

Date Presented 03/26/20

Understanding the relationship between sensory and emotion processing is a vital concern for evidence-based practice in therapy for ASD. In an ASD sample, we observed a correlation between alexithymia, a hypo-responsive sensory profile, and reduced brain activity in an empathy-processing region during emotional face processing. This work offers insights for OTs to identify individuals who may benefit from sensory-based therapy for social-emotional processing.

Primary Author and Speaker: Christiana Butera

Additional Authors and Speakers: Emily Kilroy

Contributing Authors: Laura Harrison, Aditya Jayashankar, Anusha Hossain, Alexis Nalbach, Lisa Aziz-Zadeh