Comparison of two tools to assess sensory features in children with autism spectrum disorder

Catherine Dugas, Marie Noëlle Simard, Eric Fombonne, Mélanie Couture

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OBJECTIVE. This article documents the convergent validity of the Sensory Profile (SP) and the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM)-Home Form for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHOD. Parents of 34 children with ASD between ages 5 and 8 yr filled out both measures. Through correlations, x2 tests, and levels of agreement between classifications, the results for the SP and the SPM-Home Form were compared. RESULTS. The raw scores were correlated for some sensory domains (hearing, vision, touch, and proprioception) and for social functioning. The classifications showed a significant level of agreement for most scales (ks 5 .247-.589, p ≤ .05) and for the total scores (k 5 .324, p ≤ .01). CONCLUSION. This study provides further evidence of convergent validity between both tools. The SPM- Home Form identifies more children with ASD who present with sensory features for every domain measured by both tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7201195010
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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