“It feels like holding back something you need to say”: Autistic and Non-Autistic Adults accounts of sensory experiences and stimming

  title={“It feels like holding back something you need to say”: Autistic and Non-Autistic Adults accounts of sensory experiences and stimming},
  author={Rebecca Ann Charlton and Timothy Entecott and Evelina Belova and Gabrielle Nwaordu},
  journal={Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders},
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'If I don't Do It, I'm Out of Rhythm and I Can't Focus As Well': Positive and Negative Adult Interpretations of Therapies Aimed at 'Fixing' Their Restricted and Repetitive Behaviours in Childhood.

Restricted and repetitive behaviours (RRBs) are observed in many children presenting with characteristics of autism and are frequently the targets of psychological interventions. This study used

Integrating autistic perspectives into autism science: A role for autistic autobiographies.

LAY ABSTRACT Autism science faces challenges in how to think about autism and what questions to focus on, and sometimes contributes to stigma against autistic people. We examine one way that



‘People should be allowed to do what they like’: Autistic adults’ views and experiences of stimming

Using thematic analysis, stimming was identified as (1) a self-regulatory mechanism and (2) lacking in social acceptance, but can become accepted through understanding.

Fascination and Isolation: A Grounded Theory Exploration of Unusual Sensory Experiences in Adults with Asperger Syndrome

This study investigates how unusual sensory experiences have affected nine adults with AS’s lives, as well as the coping strategies utilised, and a model was constructed as to how these categories and codes interact.

The Sensory Experiences of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Analysis

A focus group was conducted with six adults with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome, and four main themes encompassing both positive and negative sensory experiences emerged, including the importance of particular aspects of stimuli in their perception.

The Relationship between Sensory Sensitivity and Autistic Traits in the General Population

Investigating the link between ASD and sensory sensitivity in the general population showed a highly significant positive correlation between number of autistic traits and the frequency of sensory processing problems, which suggests a strong link between sensory processing and autistic traits in thegeneral population.

Assessing subtypes of restricted and repetitive behaviour using the Adult Repetitive Behaviour Questionnaire-2 in autistic adults

The RBQ-2A is a reliable and valid self- report measure of RRBs in the present sample of autistic adults, suitable for adults with the ability to read and complete a self-report questionnaire.

“Putting on My Best Normal”: Social Camouflaging in Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions

Examination of camouflaging experiences in 92 adults with ASC found that motivations for camouflaging included fitting in and increasing connections with others, and short- and long-term consequences of camouflage included exhaustion, challenging stereotypes, and threats to self-perception.

Social camouflaging in autism: Is it time to lose the mask?

  • W. Mandy
  • Psychology
    Autism : the international journal of research and practice
  • 2019
Many autistic people feel obliged to pretend not to be autistic. They invest considerable effort daily in monitoring and modifying their behaviour to conform to conventions of nonautistic social

Understanding the Reasons, Contexts and Costs of Camouflaging for Autistic Adults

Findings indicated a gender difference in reasons for camouflaging, with autistic women more likely to endorse “conventional” reasons (e.g. getting by in formal settings such as work), which have implications for understanding camouflaging in autistic adults.

Sensory hypersensitivity predicts repetitive behaviours in autistic and typically-developing children

  • S. SchulzR. Stevenson
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Autism : the international journal of research and practice
  • 2019
Sensory hypersensitivity was significantly predictive of repetitive behaviours in all participants, autism spectrum disorder and typically-developing, and importantly, Autism spectrum disorder diagnosis did not add any predictive influence above and beyond sensory hypersensitivity.