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).

METHO: . Parents of 34 children with ASD between ages 5 and 8 yr filled out both measures. Through correlations, χ² 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 (κs = .247-.589, p ≤ .05) and for the total scores (κ = .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)
Pages (from-to)p1-7201195010
JournalThe American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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