Sensory Sensitivity and Hygiene – help wanted

Peter Bates, whose admirable Vile Bodies (free) ebook on self-neglect I cannot recommend highly enough, is after help developing a specific aspect of the book.  He is after references (academic or practitioner-focused) for materials addressing the way in which sensory sensitivity can affect hygiene routines. For example, children with autism spectrum conditions have been found to experience sensory sensitivity which negatively impacts their oral hygiene through difficulties with toothbrushing.   So far, he has references to the following:

  • Stein, Leah I; Polido, José; Cermak, Sharon A. Oral Care and Sensory Over-responsivity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Pediatric Dentistry, Volume 35, Number 3, May/June 2013, pp. 230-236.
  • Bishop, M. R., Kenzer, A. L., Coffman, C. M., Tarbox, C. M., Tarbox, J., & Lanagan, T. M. (2013). Using stimulus fading without escape extinction to increase compliance with toothbrushing in children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(6), 680–686.
  • Lai, B., Milano, M., Roberts, M. W., & Hooper, S. R. (2012). Unmet dental needs and barriers to dental care among children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 1294–1303

If anyone is able to assist him, please can they email him at


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