- Ages: 2 to 5 years (excluding 5-year-olds enrolled in kindergarten)
- Administration Time: 15-20 minutes for each form
- Norm-referenced: standard scores
- SPM-P Complete Kit includes: 25 Home AutoScore Forms; 25 School AutoScore Forms; and Manual. (2010)
- Qualification Level: B
Now you can identify sensory processing difficulties in children as young as 2 years of age. The new preschool edition of the popular Sensory Processing Measure lets you take an early look at overall sensory functioning as well as specific vulnerabilities that can affect learning.
Appropriate for 2- to 5-year-olds, the SPM-P measures the same functions as the SPM:
- Social Participation
- Body Awareness
- Balance and Motion
- Planning and Ideas
- Total Sensory Systems.
Within each sensory system, the SPM-P items also reveal specific problems, including under- and over responsiveness, sensory-seeking behavior, and perceptual problems. In addition, the items provide information on the senses of taste and smell.
The SPM-P includes both a Home Form, completed by the parent, and a School Form, completed by the preschool teacher or day care provider. Each form is composed of 75 items that are rated according to frequency of easily observable behaviors. Used together, the two forms provide a comprehensive overview of sensory processing, and they allow you to quickly compare the child’s functioning across settings.
The test generates a T-score for each SPM-P scale and characterizes the child’s status in descriptive terms as well (Typical, Some Problems, or Definite Dysfunction). An Environment Difference score alerts you to discrepancies in sensory functioning between home and preschool/day care.
Norms for both the Home and School Forms are based on a representative sample of 651 typically developing 2- to 5-year-olds. They are age-stratified to control for developmental differences between younger and older children. Data from a separate group of 242 youngsters—all receiving occupational therapy—demonstrate that SPM-P scales and items can differentiate typical children from those with clinical disorders, including autism.