Date of Award

Winter 2010

Project Type


Program or Major

Occupational Therapy

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Barbara White


This is a multiple subject research study looking at children with ASD (N=8) and a control group (N=6). We looked at cortisol samples along with behavioral observations on a sensory probe and short sensory profile scores to determine differences among the groups. All children showed a change in cortisol over the course of the day however, there was no difference seen in patterns by group. There was a high likelihood based on statistical analysis that children with ASD respond negatively to at least five out of the eight sensory probe items. Short sensory profile scores also showed that there was a significantly higher chance of having an atypical score on the Short Sensory profile for children with ASD.