The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests

A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR, developed the theoretical principles, assessments, and intervention strategies of the sensory integration framework over a period of nearly four decades. The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) evolved from earlier versions of similar measures as well as new tests and provides insight into the underlying sensory processing and praxis abilities of children. During the standardization process, items were carefully selected for their ability to discriminate between children with typical development and children with sensory integration issues (Ayres, 1989).

Bodison and Mailloux (2006)

In July 2019, I attended Module 3 of the CLASI/CASI certification in Sensory Integration via ASI WISE which enabled me to practice administration of the SIPT with expert tuition and guidance. I am now the proud owner of a SIPT, which is a fantastic set of Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests…often described as the “gold standard” in assessment.

Thanks to my learning and practice on typically developing children, adults and a Case Study, I am now able to confidently administer the SIPT as part of the assessment packages that I offer. It can be especially useful for providing evidence for a child’s needs for support at school, as can be seen in this article.

Continuing on with the Modules, which I intend to do over the coming year, I will be able to refer to myself as an Occupational Therapist with Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ICEASI Level 2). Some people continue to recommend that people must be “Advanced Practitioners” to complete Ayre’s Sensory Integration assessments and treatment, but there is no common standard that this is set against. The ICEASI is an internationally agreed standard.

There are 17 subtests that explore most aspects of Sensory Processing and conclusions can be drawn from the results along with a holistic assessment to identify potential causes for a child’s functional difficulties and support targeted treatment.

Although the SIPT is only standardised for children between 4 years and 8 years and 11 months, with careful clinical reasoning it can be used across the lifespan, mainly as the standardisation sample indicates that results plateau at 8 years and 11 months, which indicates developmental maturity of sensory integration. Therefore, deviations from the 8 years and 11 months score in any older child, adolescent or adult may indicate specific sensory processing difficulties. This is explained further here.

Please contact me if you would like a SIPT assessment for your child or young person.

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