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Sensory Processing Measure - Preschool

  • Cheryl Ecker
  • Diana A Henry
  • Heather Miller Kuhaneck
  • L Diane Parham
  • Tara J Glennon
Sensory Processing Measure - Preschool (SPM-P) extends the popular Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) down to age 2, making early intervention possible

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  • SPM-P Home Online Form (Digital - 5 Uses)
    9780655799122 Qualification Level B

    Access code required. You will receive access codes and redemption instructions in your order confirmation email and your Order history.


  • SPM-P School Online Form (Digital - 5 uses)
    9780655799139 Qualification Level B

    Access code required. You will receive access codes and redemption instructions in your order confirmation email and your Order history.



Publication date:
Age range:
2 to 5 years (for 5 year olds, either SPM or SPM-P can be used depending on the child's abilities)
Qualification level:
Completion time:
15 to 20 minutes each for Home Form and School Form

Product Details


  • Identify sensory processing difficulties in children as young as 2 years of age
  • Take an early look at overall sensory functioning as well as specific vulnerabilities that can affect learning
  • Provides useful information in a way that parents can understand. Scale names are comprehensible; results are visually summarised; and interpretation is clear-cut
  • Easier for therapists to explain test results and engage parents in the treatment process
  • Because the SPM-P is based on the same scale structure and theory as the SPM, you can monitor a child's sensory development from preschool all the way to age 12 years. This kind of continuity is important when you're treating children who require long-term follow-up
  • Both the SPM and SPM-P can be used for evidence-based practice, scientifically based research, differentiated instruction and progress monitoring


Appropriate for 2- to 5-year-olds, the SPM-P measures the same functions as the SPM:

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

Within each sensory system, the SPM-P items also reveal specific problems, including under- and over-responsiveness, sensory-seeking behaviour, and perceptual problems. In addition, the items provide information on the senses of taste and smell.

Direct Comparison of Sensory Functioning 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 care provider.

Each form is composed of 75 items that are rated according to frequency of easily observable behaviours. Used together, the two forms provide a comprehensive overview of sensory processing, and they allow you to quickly compare the child's functioning across settings.

Norm-Referenced Standard Scores

The test generates a T-score for each SPM-P scale and characterises the child's status in descriptive terms as well (Typical, Some Problems or Definite Dysfunction). An Environment Difference score alerts you to discrepancies in sensory functioning between home and preschool setting.

Norms for both the Home and School Forms are based on a representative US 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.