Sensory Integration Assessment Tools

There are a range of sensory integration assessment tools which are used to gather evidence to help clinicians make data-driven decisions when working with clients with sensory integration or sensory processing difficulties. This page provides an overview of current and frequently-used sensory integration assessment tests.

SIE’s SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment introduces the therapist to the principles of assessment and the different types of assessment tools commonly used in clinical practice.

It includes access to training in the theory, administration, scoring and interpretation of the ASH, SPM-2 and SOSI-M/COP-R sensory integration assessments, plus sections on Clinical Observations and SIPT Interpretation.  

Overviews of some of the other most frequently used tools for assessing responsivity and praxis are also shared, including the EASI and the forthcoming SP3-D assessments. SI Module 2 is part of the 3-module training pathway that enables therapists to qualify as a Sensory Integration Practitioner and delivers a PGCert in Sensory Integration accredited by Sheffield Hallam University. If you wish to qualify as an SI Practitioner, find out more here.

SIE also offers access to CPD training in the theory, administration and interpretation of the ASH, SPM-2 and SOSI-M/COP-R sensory integration assessments as separate courses, competitively-priced to make them as accessible as possible. Please note that these courses do not include access to the manuals, scoring forms or tool kits so students will need to purchase these separately if they wish to use them in their own clinical practice. We have negotiated discounts for students purchasing the training via SIE - see the specific course pages for more details.


ASH

Adult/Adolescent Sensory History

Publisher: The Spiral Foundation

Author: Teresa May-Benson

What is the assessment method?

A self report assessment form.  Pack includes a scoring programme where therapists can enter the scores and get a one page report.

Age range:  13-95

Training: SIE offers training from the test author Dr Teresa May-Benson: during the  1.5 hour webinar, Dr May-Benson  introduces you to this popular assessment tool and goes through case study examples to bring the administration, scoring and interpretation of the test to life. Course price: £29 and includes 10% discount code for the test from the publisher Spiral Foundation.  Please note that this training is included within SIE’s postgraduate training so if you are studying SI Module 2 or the PGCert, PGDip or MSc, this course is already included in your curriculum.


SPM-2 and Quick Tips

Sensory Processing Measure 2 and Quick Tips

Publisher: Western Psychological Services

Author: L. Diane Parham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Cheryl L. Ecker, MA, OTR/L, Heather Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Diana A. Henry, MS, OT/L, FAOTA, Tara J. Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

What is the assessment method?

  • Forms covering 5 different age groups from infant to 87 years. Forms available for different settings (e.g. classroom, home, playground).
  • Self report questionnaire or carer / teacher / other completed questionnaire.
  • Can be scored using hard copies or using an online assessment platform. Therapists can email assessment to a parent / client and they can fill this out.


Age range:  4 months to 87 years

Training: Access FREE online training in the SMP-2 from publishers WPS here, including tutorials All About the New SMP-2; Overview of SPM-2 Quick Tips; and many more.

SOSI-M and COP-R

Structured Observations of Sensory Integration – Motor and Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception - Revised

Publisher: Academic Therapy Publications

Author: Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L, and Dominique Blanche Kiefer, OTD, OTR/L

What is the assessment method?

  • An assessment kit – therapist instructs the child to complete a number of tasks that are timed / counted and scored.
  • Score forms included with the kit and accompanying manual are used to calculate percentiles (compare score with normative data).
  • Online scoring programme also available


Age range:  5-14

Training: Learn how to use these important assessments directly from the test authors Professor Erna Imperatore Blanche, Doctor Gustavo Reinoso and Dominique Blanche Kiefer. SIE’s training course delivers 8.5 hours of online training including with the authors to cover the Theory, Administration and Scoring of the SOSI-M and COP-R. Accessibly-priced at ONLY £49. Includes 5% DISCOUNT CODE for the purchase of the SOSI-M kit from the UK supplier. Please note that this training is included within SIE’s postgraduate training so if you are studying SI Module 2 or the PGCert, PGDip or MSc, this course is already included in your curriculum.

SIPT

Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests

Publisher: Western Psychological Services

Author: A. Jean Ayres

What is the assessment method?

  • 17 subtests requiring children to perform visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and motor tasks
  • An assessment kit – therapist instructs the child to complete a number of tasks that are timed / counted and scored.
  • Online scoring programme


Age range:  4 years to 8 years, 11 months

Training: SIE’s postgraduate SI Module 2 training in SI includes an overview of the SIPT and its Interpretation.

TSFI

Test of Sensory Functions in Infants

Author: Georgia A. DeGangi, PhD, OTR and Stanley I. Greenspan, MD

Publisher: Western Psychological Services

What is the assessment method?

  • Criterion referenced assessment, based on typical development milestones.
  • Individually administered, requiring simple interaction with the infant.


Age range:  4-18 months

Training: An overview of this test is covered in SIE's SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment course.

Sensory Profile 2

Author: Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Publisher: Pearson Clinical UK

This family of assessments provide standardised tools to help evaluate a child's sensory processing patterns in the context of home, school, and community-based activities

What is the assessment method?

  • Paper-and-pencil or online administration
  • Q-global (web-based) or manual scoring


Age Range: Birth–14

Training: An overview of this test is covered in SIE's SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment course.

Sensory Processing Scale Assessment

Author: S. Schoen, L. Miller

What is the assessment method?

Therapist administered, using activities which are similar to daily life experiences

Age Range: 14-18

Training: An overview of this test is covered in SIE's SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment course.


EASI

The Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration Test

Publisher: CLASI

What is the assessment method?

  • An assessment kit – therapist instructs the child to complete a number of tasks that are timed / counted and scored.
  • Score forms included with the kit and accompanying manual are used to calculate percentiles (compare score with normative data).
  • Online scoring programme


Age range:  3-12

Training: Within the UK, CLASI has chosen to restrict access to EASI training to its own students. SIE’s postgraduate training in SI includes an overview of the EASI but is restricted from providing training in how to use the EASI.

Sensory Modulation Screening Tool

Author: Tina Champagne

Publisher: Pearson Clinical

What is the assessment method?

Designed to self report to help a person to have increased insight into the kinds of everyday activities which sensory processing may be impacting on.

Age range: Adolescent to Adult

Training: An overview of this test is covered in SIE's SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment course.


Sensory Integration Inventory Revised for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Author: Judith Reisman, Ph.D., OTR and Bonnie Hanschu, OTR

Publisher: Therapro

It is designed to screen for clients who might benefit by a sensory integration treatment approach. This tool provides information on the subject's sensory processing abilities and specific self-stimulating or self-injurious behaviours.

What is the assessment method?

Checklist designed for caregiver’s report.

Age range: All ages

Training: An overview of this test is covered in SIE's SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment course.