Infant/ Toddler Sensory Profile

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The Infant/ Toddler Sensory Profile is a caregiver questionnaire which measures children’s responses to sensory events in everyday life. There are 36 items in the profile for infants birth to 6 months of age, and 48 items for children 7-36 months of age. Caregivers complete the questionnaire by reporting how frequently their children respond in the way described by each item; they use a 5 point Likert scale (nearly never, seldom, occasionally, frequently, almost always). The Infant/ Toddler Sensory Profile yields 4 quadrant scores which correspond to Dunn’s model of sensory processing (i.e., sensation seeking, sensation avoiding, sensory sensitivity and low registration), and contains sections corresponding to each sensory system. Using national samples of 589 children, the author calculated cut scores which indicate when a child’s scores are significantly different from their peers’ responses. Studies with children who have various disabilities (including developmental delay, autism, health impairments), researchers have shown that children with thee disabilities have significantly different patterns of sensory processing from their peers and from children in other disability groups. 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 www.sensoryprofile.com.

References(s):
Dunn, W. (2002). The Infant/ Toddler Sensory Profile manual. The Psychological Corporation, San Antonio.

Suggested Reading(s):
Dunn, W. & Daniels, D. (2002). Initial development of the Infant/ toddler sensory profile. Journal of Early Intervention, 25, 27-41.

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