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Sensory Processing Measure (SPM)

L. Diane Parham, Cheryl Ecker, Heather Miller Kuhaneck, Diana A. Henry and Tara J. Glennon

Gain a complete picture of children's sensory functioning at home, at school, and in the community

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Age range: 5 to 12 years

Qualification level: B

Year: 2007

Administration time: 15 to 20 minutes

Administration type: Individual

SPM-2 is coming in June 2021

With the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM), you can obtain a complete picture of children’s sensory functioning at home, at school, and in the community. Recognising that sensory processing problems often manifest differently in different environments, this set of three integrated rating scales assesses sensory processing, praxis, and social participation in primary school children. The assessment’s unique multi-environment approach allows you to see, for example, why a child who functions well in a highly structured classroom may have problems in a more relaxed setting.

Firmly grounded in sensory integration theory, the SPM provides norm-referenced standard scores for two higher level integrative functions — praxis and social participation — and five sensory systems — visual, auditory, tactile, proprioceptive, and vestibular functioning. Within each system, it offers descriptive clinical information on processing vulnerabilities, including under- and over responsiveness, sensory-seeking behaviour, and perceptual problems.

Three Forms

The SPM consists of three forms:

  • Home Form
  • Main Classroom Form
  • School Environments Form

The Home Form (75 items) is completed by the child’s parent or home-based care provider. The Main Classroom Form (62 items) is filled out by the child’s primary classroom teacher. The School Environments Form (10 to 15 items per environment) is completed by other school personnel who work with and observe the child.

Using Dunn's sensory processing framework to re-frame observations of student behaviour
This webinar will provide an overview of Dunn's sensory processing framework, which underlies the Sensory Profile family of assessments but is also a useful 'lens' through which to view unusual or challenging behaviours at school or home.
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Comparing and contrasting the Sensory Profile-2 and the Sensory Processing Measure
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Introducing the SPM and SPM-P Quick Tips
A webinar for clinicians who use the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) and/or the Sensory Processing Measure Preschool version (SPM-P). 
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Introduction to Dunn's sensory processing framework
This webinar is designed for clinicians who are new to the Sensory Profile and Dunn’s framework, on which the tool is based. 
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Using the Sensory Profile 2 with complex cases
This webinar will use case studies to illustrate the way the Sensory Profile-2 can play an integral role in identifying and understanding the sensory needs of children/adolescents with complex and challenging presentations.
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Using the SP-2 with Q-global
This webinar will guide you through the process of administering and generating reports for the Sensory Profile 2 using Q-global, including setting up client information, choosing the mode of assessment and generating both summary and full reports
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