Sensory desensitization training for successful net application and EEG/ERP acquisition in difficult to test children

Cynthia P. Roesler, Judy Flax, Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, Zena Fermano, Julie Morgan-Byrne, April Benasich

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This study examined the effectiveness of sensory desensitization training for 12 nonverbal children with autism to facilitate participation in an electrophysiological study assessing linguistic processing. Sensory desensitization was achieved for 10 of the 12 children and thus allowed collection of usable data in a passive linguistic paradigm. Application of such desensitization methods may be useful as a precursor to other assessment protocols for individuals who are difficult to test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalCommunication Disorders Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


  • ASD
  • EEG/ERPs
  • behavior modification
  • nonverbal
  • sensory desensitization
  • tactile reactivity

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