AJOT CE: Comparison of Two Tools to Assess Sensory Features in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2018

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Earn CE Credit With AJOT Articles!

Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.

Credit: Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour) 


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.



Catherine Dugas, MSc, is Occupational Therapist, Centre Int´egr´e Universitaire de Sant´e et Services Sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Iˆle-de-Montr´eal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Marie-Noe¨lle Simard, PhD, is Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Universit´e de Montr´eal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Researcher, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine Research Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Eric Fombonne, MD, PhD, is Autism Research Director, Institute on Development and Disability, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.

M´elanie Couture, PhD, is Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universit´e de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, and Researcher, Axe Me`re-Enfant, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de l’Universit´e de Sherbrooke Research Center, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Learning Objectives

1.      List the common sensory features that children with autism spectrum disorder may have.

2.      Understand use of the Sensory Profile and Sensory Processing Measure-Home Form in occupational therapy practice

3.      Discuss the convergent validity of the Sensory Profile and Sensory Processing Measure-Home Form for children with autism spectrum disorder

CE Find Key Words: Sensory Processing Measure, Sensory Profile, ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Learning Level: Advanced

Target Audience: Occupational therapy practitioners

Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Evaluation

Reference Information:

Dugas, C., Simard, M.-N., Fombonne, E., & Couture, M. (2018). Comparison of two tools to assess sensory features in children with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 7201195010. https://doi. org/10.5014/ajot.2018.024604