Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Study

We have been contacted by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation which is working with Cambridge University and are seeking parents to take part in an on-line study.

If any of your group members have  a child who is 5 years or older and has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), or is typically developing? Then they may like to take part in this on-line survey. It would take 1 hour to complete.  The links are given in the body of the email below.



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Please read below. This is a description of an on-line study designed to discriminate between Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism. This study is a combined effort of The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, Simon Baron-Cohen’s lab at Cambridge University in consultation from the SPD Foundation work group at Duke University.

I know every moment of your time is extraordinarily valuable but this study is so essential to a great many children and their families to the future funding for the research of these disorders, and their proper recognition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V)

Please take the time to read below and and if you are a parent who meets the criteria listed please follow the link to fill out the study and be so kind as to send along to anybody else you think may do the same.

If you do not meet the criteria,  please  take five minutes to send this form to anybody you know who might be an appropriate resource distribute this study to parents  (occupational therapists, teachers, doctors, psychologists, friends, school administrators, special education teachers, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Jennifer Brout, PsyD and mom who has been through it!
Posted By: Lucy Jane Miller
To: Members in Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Parents, Can You Help With Research?

Are you a parent of a child who is 5 years or older and has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), or is typically developing? WE NEED YOUR VOICE! It would only require 1 hour of your valuable time to provide us with desperately needed data.

The SPD Foundation <><>, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge <>, is collecting data comparing behavioral characteristics of sensory processing in children with ASD, SPD, and typically developing children. This data will be critical to understanding the similarities and differences between the two clinical groups.

You may know that SPD has not yet received diagnostic recognition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which is the standard diagnostic tool used by mental health professionals worldwide. Since the year 2000, the SPD Foundation has spearheaded an intense campaign, <><>, for recognition of SPD in the revised DSM-5, which will be published in 2013. Research differentiating SPD from other diagnoses is a crucial step.

YOU can help just by completing our 1-hour online research study. You can do this in the comfort of your own home at any time, day or night. Just visit this website,<><>, to read more about the survey and link directly to it.

We are so grateful to all of our supporters who are able to participate in this survey!


The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Research Team
Call to Action


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