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Identifies sensory processing difficulties in children as young as 2 years of age.

32144 Sensory Processing Measure-Preschool Kit
32144H SPM-P Home AutoScore Forms, Pk/25
32144S SPM-P School AutoScore Forms, Pk/25
32144M SPM-P Manual


Sensory Processing Measure-Preschool (SPM-P)

Identifies sensory processing difficulties in children as young as 2 years of age.

Authors: Cheryl Ecker, L. Diane Parham, Ph.D., Heather Miller Kuhanek, Diana A. Henry and Tara J. Glennon, Ed.D.

  • Age Range: 2-5 years
  • Time: 15-20 minutes each for Home and School Forms

This new Preschool version of the popular Sensory Processing Measure (Cat. No. 32844) lets you take an early look at overall sensory functioning, as well as specific vulnerabilities that can affect learning. 

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 measures:

  • Social Participation
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Touch
  • Body Awareness
  • Balance and Motion
  • Planning and Ideas
  • Total Sensory Systems

Compares Sensory Function at Home and Preschool
The SPM-P includes a Home Form, completed by the parent, and a School Form, completed by the preschool teacher or day care provider. Each form includes 75 items rated according to frequency of easily observable behaviors. Used together, the two forms provide a comprehensive overview of sensory processing, and allow quick comparison of the child’s functioning across settings.

Response to Intervention (RTI) and Early Intervention
Both the SPM and SPM-P support the core principles of RTI, and can be used for evidence-based practice, scientifically-based research, differentiated instruction, and progress monitoring.

Information Parents Can Understand
Clinicians are enthusiastic about the SPM-P, not only because it generates useful information, but also because it is easy for therapists to explain test results and engage parents in the treatment process. Scale names are comprehensible, results are visually summarized and interpretation is clear-cut.

Seamless Assessment from Preschool through Age 12
Because the SPM-P is based on the same scale structure and theory as the SPM, a child’s sensory development can be monitored throughout the years. This continuity is important for children requiring long-term follow-up.

Norm-Referenced Standard Scores
The test generates a T-score for each SPM-P scale, and characterizes the child’s status in descriptive terms (Typical, Some Problems or Definite Dysfunction). An Environment Difference Score alerts to discrepancies in sensory functioning between home and preschool/daycare.

Norms for both 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 intervention–demonstrate that SPM-P scales, and items can differentiate typical children from those with clinical disorders, including Autism.

The SPM-P Kit includes 25 each of the Home and School AutoScore Forms and a Manual.