Sensory integration dysfunction may be key to those with ASD and Dyslexia
A dysfunction of sensory integration may be key to understanding both Autism Spectrum Disorder and dyslexia, notes Prof John Foxe, professor of paediatrics. His findings suggest the normal children develop the ability to rapidly integrate multiple senses around the age of seven to nine, but the children on the autistic spectrum do not fully develop this ability until well into their teens, perhaps contributing to their sensory defensive or avoidance behavior. And dyslexics experience difficulty integrating visual and phonetic signals when learning to read.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson
Prof. Foxe’s research regarding difficulty with sensory integration in those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and dyslexia appears ‘dead-on“ target. It would also explain the therapeutic benefits of sensory-integration therapy as well as the frequent overlapping of these distinct disorders.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.