Author/s: Winnie Dunn
Publication year: 1999
Age Range: 3 to 10 years
Administration: Individual – untimed
Determine how well children process sensory information in everyday situations and profile the sensory system’s effect on functional performance
Use the Sensory Profile to determine how well children process sensory information in everyday situations and to profile the sensory system’s effect on functional performance.
The profile contributes to a comprehensive picture of a child’s performance. Combine it with other evaluation data to create a complete picture of the child’s status for diagnostic and intervention planning.
Caregivers complete the 125 question profile, reporting the frequency with which their child responds to various sensory experiences. Once the questionnaire is completed, use the Summary Score Sheet to obtain a profile of the child’s sensory responses. The Summary Score Sheet contains an area to record the child’s demographic information, a Factor Grid to help summarise the child’s scores into the nine factor groupings (i.e., Factor Summary), and a Section Summary to plot section raw score totals.
The Short Sensory Profile is a 38 item caregiver questionnaire and score sheet designed for use in screening and research protocols. The items on the Sensory Profile are grouped into three major sections:
- Sensory processing
- Behavioural and emotional responses.
The manual presents information on administration, scoring, interpretation guidelines, development, and technical properties (reliability and validity).
Sensory Profile Supplement
Quadrant scores and expanded cut scores for easy interpretation.
- Provides general information about sensory processing and problem solving strategies supported by clinical reasoning, along with expanded cut scores and quadrant cut scores.
- Offers the latest research available on sensory processing.
- Use this supplement in conjunction with the current Sensory Profile to target effective interpretation.
When should I use the Sensory Profile?
You should use the Sensory Profile when you suspect that sensory processing issues may be impacting functional performance in everyday activities (e.g., self-care, school performance, play).
How will the Sensory Profile assist me in getting a child qualified for services in schools?
The Sensory Profile was designed to contribute to a comprehensive assessment of a child’s sensory performance when combined with other evaluations, observations, and reports to determine the child’s status for diagnostic and intervention planning.
Is it appropriate to administer the Sensory Profile on a child with severe disabilities?
Yes, the profile is applicable for children with all types of disabilities and severity levels. However, if the child has not participated in a specific sensory experience, the caregiver will be unable to respond to all the items, and you will not be able to calculate scores for comparison to the sample of children without disabilities. You will gain clinical insights into the child’s sensory processing abilities and the child’s level of responsivity to sensory events. This information will enable you to more accurately interpret a child’s performance, and even non-performance, on the profile, so that you can design more effective intervention strategies based on your clinical expertise. Note that if you adapt the administration procedures, you may not use the classification system that is based on comparative results using standardised procedures. You may, however, use your clinical judgment to assist in your understanding of the individual’s sensory processing patterns and design intervention strategies that incorporate your understanding.
Includes user’s manual, 25 caregiver questionnaires, 25 short sensory profile sheets and 25 summary score sheets