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Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile

Sensory Profile Adult/Adolescent
Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile® helps measure sensory processing patterns and effects on functional performance. An individual answers questions regarding how he or she generally responds to sensations, as opposed to how he or she responds at any given time
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Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile Complete Kit (Print)
9780761649700 Qualification Level B

Includes User's Manual and 25 Self-Questionnaire/Summary Score Sheets.




Publication date:
Age range:
11 years and older
Qualification level:
Completion time:
Classification system based on normative information

Product Details

Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile is useful in a variety of settings and offers a research-based, family-centered approach to sensory processing, from birth to geriatric.


  • Understand the complexities of a client’s sensory processing.
  • Gather critical sensory information related to home, school, and work, and evaluate possible contributions of sensory processing to the client's daily performance patterns.
  • Design strategies for managing daily life.
  • Understand how a parent’s sensory ability can impact a child with sensory difficulties.
  • Identify and develop a client’s awareness and strategies to optimize the desired sensory environment.


The Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile includes 60 items (15 items for each quadrant). These quadrants cover the sensory processing categories of Taste/Smell, Movement, Visual, Touch, Activity Level, and Auditory.

  • Generates an individualized profile of sensory processing across the four quadrants.
  • Quadrant scores represent patterns of sensory processing as described in Dunn's (1997a) Model of Sensory Processing.
  • Reproducible charts provide an intervention matrix across the four quadrants and six sensory processing categories.
  • A theory-based instrument to measure sensory processing.
  • Non-intrusive, easy to administer and score.

Sample Reports

The following sample report is available.



The following resources are available for Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile.



Select a question below to see the response.


When should I use the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile?

You should use the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile when you suspect that sensory processing issues may be impacting functional performance in everyday activities (e.g., self-care, family relationships, bonding, job satisfaction/performance, school performance).

Is it appropriate to administer the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile on individuals with severe disabilities?

Yes; if you administer the test to someone who has difficulty completing a self-report, you may adapt the administration procedures to allow a caregiver to answer the questions. You may even offer the respondent significant assistance offering extensive clarification or repeated examples, probing repeatedly to elicit answers to facilitate his or her completion of the instrument. However, if you adapt the administration procedures, you may not use the classification system based on comparative results using standardized procedures. You may, however, use your clinical judgment to assist in your understanding of the individual's sensory processing patterns and design intervention strategies that incorporate your understanding.

Why would an older adult need to be evaluated regarding sensory processing?

You may wish to look at the impact sensory processing has on their daily life. The completion of the Self-Questionnaire results in an increased awareness and understanding of an individual's sensory processing preferences, not only for that individual but also for the professional who administers the measure, team members, family members, and others who are close to the individual. The information gained from the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile will enable you to conduct more informed intervention planning, taking into consideration the individual's particular preferences.


I recently purchased the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile and noticed that there were no section scores; how can I determine what sensory systems contribute most to the individual's performance differences?

Pattern Grids provide information on the sensory systems (e.g., visual, auditory, movement). By examining the item scores and how they are clustered, you can get a more detailed picture of an individual's sensory processing preferences.