Pearson’s Holistic, Family-Centered Assessment Tool, Sensory Profile™ 2, Now Available

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New Features are Driven by Practitioner Input, Focus on Child’s Strengths

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Pearson today announced the release of the Sensory Profile 2 family of clinical assessments. It is the only suite of standardized tools that evaluates a child's individual sensory processing patterns from a position of strengths, not weaknesses. Sensory Profile 2 is used by occupational therapists, school psychologists, and early childhood practitioners in schools, hospitals, and clinics to evaluate sensory processing experiences for children ages birth to 14.

Sensory Profile 2 uses age-appropriate questionnaires that report on the child’s responses to sensory events throughout the day. These forms have been significantly revised to help determine how sensory processing may be contributing to or interfering with a child’s participation in activities. Therapists can complete the assessment more quickly and receive a greater depth of understanding to help guide next steps for the development of effective treatment plans, interventions, and everyday remediation strategies.

“From the humble beginnings of the original Sensory Profile back in 1999 our knowledge has grown, ideas have evolved based on evidence, and I have learned from the questions we ask of each other,” said Sensory Profile 2 author Winnie Dunn, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA. “Through this version, practitioners can employ a strengths based perspective, to appreciate how every pattern of sensory processing affords each person a way of knowing and contributing that reflects that person’s natural state. Our calling is to discover and then support people’s contributions because of their unique sensory patterns rather than to quiet their perspectives by attempting to change those patterns.” Dr. Dunn is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas.

According to Shelley Hughes, Senior Product Manager of Occupational Therapy for Pearson’s Clinical Assessment group, “There are many positive, practitioner-suggested enhancements to Sensory Profile 2, which includes well-considered demographic questions within the reporting software that helps yield a clearer understanding of sensory processing in the context of participation at home, school, and in the community.”

Sensory Profile 2 can be administered and scored using a traditional paper-and-pencil format. Web-based computer-administration, scoring and reporting, is also available. This gives professionals a choice on how they would like to assess their clients.

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Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Pearson’s clinical assessment group provides sensory, motor, and development instruments for occupational and physical therapists and related clinicians to help develop insights that support evaluations and shape treatment plans. For more information about Pearson’s Clinical Assessments, visit

Media Contact: Stacy Skelly, stacy.skelly(at)pearson(dot)com or 800-745-8489.

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