Adolescent/ Adult Sensory Profile

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The Adolescent/ Adult Sensory Profile is a self reporting questionnaire which measures responses to sensory events in everyday life. There are 60 items in the profile. Individuals complete the questionnaire by reporting how frequently they respond in the way described by each item; they use a 5 point Likert scale (nearly never, seldom, occasionally, frequently, almost always). The Adolescent/ Adult Sensory Profile yields four scores which correspond to the four quadrants of sensory processing proposed in Dunn’s model of sensory processing, i.e., sensation seeking, sensation avoiding, sensory sensitivity and low registration. Using national samples of 950 adolescents and adults (ages 11 through 90 years), the authors calculated cut scores which indicate when scores are significantly different from their peers’ responses. Studies have shown that people with disabilities have significantly different patterns of sensory processing from their peers. Findings thus far suggest that sensory processing patterns may inform both the diagnosis of disorders and provide guidance for intervention planning. A comprehensive bibliography and new information is available at

Brown, C., & Dunn, W. Adolescent/ Adult Sensory Profile manual. The Psychological Corporation, San Antonio.

Suggested Reading(s):
Brown, C., Tolefson, N., Dunn, W., Cromwell, R. & Filion, D. (2001). The adult sensory profile: measuring patterns of sensory processing. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 75-82.

Pohl, P., Dunn, W. & Brown, C. (in press). The role of sensory processing in the everyday lives of older adults. Occupational Therapy Journal of Research.

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