Comparison of Two Tools to Assess Sensory Features in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Abstract

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, 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.

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