Sensory Planning

The Sensory Processing Profile provides a standard method for measuring and reporting sensory processing abilities. It is an integral part of the neurodevelopment/sensory integration section of the report. It measures age appropriate neurodevelopment responses to basic sensory processing systems and their subsequent functional cognitive expressions.

The purpose of the profile is to provide a tool for linking and comparing Brain Performance Indicators (BPI) of strengths to weaknesses and barriers within sensory processing patterns. The profile’s goal is to provide insight into the sensory systems by grouping information into nine meaningful factors.

  1. Sensory Seeking
  2. Emotionally Reactive
  3. Low Endurance/Tone
  4. Oral Sensory Sensitivity
  5. Inattention/Distractibility
  6. Poor Registration
  7. Sensory Sensitivity
  8. Sedentary
  9. Fine Motor/Perceptual

During the evaluation the evaluator will have the child perform specific tasks which demonstrate which stage of neurological development the child has completed and which ones they have not.

Tactility Development

In the development of tactility there are two common areas where problems can occur:

1.  The first involves the sense of touch. The ability to appropriately process sensations of light touch, pressure, or pain is crucial to development. If these sensations can not be processed properly, the experience may be perceived as either hyper– or hypo– sensitive to touch or pain. Light touch to the skin may agitate or annoy. Some individuals do not seem to feel pain or their “pain threshold” appears to be very high.

2. The second involves proprioception. Proprioception refers to one’s knowledge of where their body is in space. If an individual has not completed development of proprioception, their brain is not as likely to know specifically where their body is in space.

NeuroSensory Profile Brain Performance Indicators

Sensory Processing

Auditory Processing

Visual Processing

Vestibular Processing

Touch Processing

Oral Sensory Processing

Multisensory Processing

Sensory Processing Related to Endurance/Tone

Modulation of Sensory Input Affecting Emotional Responses

Modulation of Auditory Input Affecting Emotional Responses and Activity Level

Behavioral and Emotional Responses

Behavioral Outcomes of Sensory Processing