Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Standardized forms completed by caregivers and teachers to assess children’s sensory processing patterns
Paper-and-pencil or online administration
Q-global (web-based) or manual scoring
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The Sensory Profile™ 2 family of assessments provides you with standardized tools to help evaluate a child’s sensory processing patterns in the context of home, school, and community-based activities. These significantly revised questionnaires evaluate a child’s unique sensory processing patterns from a position of strengths, providing deeper insight to help you customize the next steps of intervention. The forms are completed by caregivers and teachers, who are in the strongest position to observe the child’s response to sensory interactions that occur throughout the day.
Uses and Applications
The Sensory Profile 2 helps you:
- Identify and document how sensory processing may be contributing to or interfering with a child’s participation at home, school, and the community.
- Contribute valuable information to a comprehensive assessment of the child’s sensory strengths and challenges in context.
- Develop effective treatment plans, interventions, and everyday remediation strategies
Content & Administration
Using paper-and-pencil or online administration, caregivers and teachers report on the child’s response to sensory events throughout the day using the relevant form(s):
- Infant Sensory Profile 2: Caregiver questionnaire for babies from Birth–6 months.
- Toddler Sensory Profile 2: Caregiver questionnaire for toddlers ages 7–35 months.
- Child Sensory Profile 2: Caregiver questionnaire for children ages 3–14 years.
- Short Sensory Profile 2: Caregiver questionnaire for children ages 3–14 years. Items on this questionnaire, which are drawn from the Child Sensory Profile 2, are highly discriminating and provide quick information for screening and research programs.
- School Companion Sensory Profile 2: Teacher questionnaire for students ages 3–14 years.
- Spanish Caregiver Forms: For Infant, Toddler, Child, and Short questionnaires in paper-and-pencil or online format.
Features & Benefits
- Combined questionnaire and score forms, no need to purchase separate forms.
- Expanded age range in one kit – The child, Short, and School Companion forms age increased to 14:11, giving you more flexibility in assessing preteens and younger teens.
- Shorter questionnaires – The Infant, Child, School Companion, and Short form questionnaires are briefer. The toddler questionnaire increased by just a few items, reflecting increased understanding of sensory processing at this age.
- Updated content and greater item consistency between forms.
- No need to purchase separate kits with Infant, Toddler, Child, Short, and School Companion forms combined in to one manual.
- Provides cut scores with optional percentiles for an additional level of analysis.
- More convenience with online or paper-and-pencil administration and scoring to fit with your workflow.
- Wide range of studies between children with and without disabilities to ensure discrimination with vulnerable populations.
- Enables theory-based decision-making because principles of neuroscience, sensory processing, strengths-based approaches, and ecological models are embedded in the items and scoring structure.
Scoring and Reporting
Each form includes some combination of Sensory System, Behavioral, and Sensory Pattern scores:
- Sensory System scores: Auditory, Visual, Touch, Movement, Body Position, Oral
- Behavior scores: Attention, Behavioral, Social-Emotional
- Sensory Pattern scores: Registration, Seeking, Sensitivity, Avoiding
- School Factor scores:
- School Factor 1 (Supports)
- School Factor 2 (Awareness)
- School Factor 3 (Tolerance)
- School Factor 4 (Availability)
Scoring and/or Reporting Options
Sensory Profile 2 is available on Q-global®: Pearson’s web-based administration, scoring and reporting system. It enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate, comprehensive reports – anywhere, anytime, on any internet-connected device.
Assessment and Planning Report: To link findings form the questionnaires to participation at home, in school, and in the community.
Multi-rater report: Facilitating sensory processing assessment in context.
Manual Entry: Option to use paper forms to administer the questionnaires, then use the Q-global platform to score and generate reports.
Overview of the Sensory Profile 2: A Strengths Based Approach to Assessment and Planning
Presenter: Shelley Hughes, Occupational Therapist
This session provides an overview of the Sensory Profile 2, addressing updates from previous versions, information for new users, administration and scoring guidelines, and detailed information on interpretation with case study examples.
Date: Jul 19, 2016
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Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.
- Question #1: Isn’t it better to complete the Sensory Profile 2 with the teacher or parent?
- Question #2: How is it possible for a child to have more than others’ scores on multiple sensory patterns?
- Question #3: Some of the strategies for supporting a child are the same for HIGH or LOW sensory pattern scores; what does that mean?
- Question #4: What’s up with some of the Registration items on the Toddler Sensory Profile 2?
- Question #5: Do you support people from other disciplines administering the Sensory Profiles?
- Question #6: How do I deal with two different classroom teachers giving me different scores on the School Companion?