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Adolescent / Adult Sensory Profile

Catana Brown and Winnie Dunn

Identify sensory processing patterns in everyday life activities

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Technical Information

Age range: 11 years and older

Qualification level: B

Year: 2002

Administration time: Untimed

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The Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile enables clients to evaluate themselves through the use of a Self-Questionnaire. Evaluate the possible contributions of sensory processing to the client’s daily performance patterns and obtain information about everyday sensory experiences and the impact on behaviour in different settings.

Use for identifying and developing client awareness and strategies to optimise the desired sensory environment. Generates an individualised profile of sensory processing across four quadrants: low registration, sensation seeking, sensory sensitivity, and sensation avoiding. Reproducible charts provide an intervention matrix across the quadrants and six sensory processing categories:

  • taste/smell processing
  • movement processing
  • visual processing
  • touch processing
  • activity level
  • auditory processing

The Adult Sensory Profile can be administered through OSA, ROSA or Manual Entry (in combination with the paper form when using Q-Global for scoring/reporting). 

Applicable for adolescents and adults with or without a diagnosed disability. A standardised instrument to measure sensory processing; promotes theory based decision making and intervention planning.

Professionals who do not have expertise or training in sensory processing should consult with an Occupational Therapist when interpreting the results of this assessment. Training in the administration and interpretation of this test is available from Pearson Clinical Assessment.

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Scoring and Interpretation

The quadrant scores derived from the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile represent patterns of sensory processing as described in Dunn's (1997a) Model of Sensory Processing. Based on the intersection of two continua (neurological threshold and behavioural response/self-regulation), this model describes quadrants identified as Low Registration, Sensation Seeking, Sensory Sensitivity, and Sensation Avoiding. Each quadrant has its own score; it is possible for an individual to have any combination of scores. Some patterns that seem to be mutually exclusive (e.g., sensation seeking and sensation avoiding) may be present in the same individual.

Sample Reports

Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile Q-global Full Report

Getting the most out of the Adult and Adolescent Sensory Profile
Assess a client’s sensory preferences and learn how those preferences might be supporting or interfering with occupational functioning. 
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Interpretation of the Sensory Profile 2
This webinar is designed for clinicians who are currently using either the Sensory Profile 2 or Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile. 
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