Sensory Integration and Praxis Test
The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT; Ayres, 1989) is a series of 17 subtests designed to measure sensory integration processes that underlie learning and behavior in children from 4 through 8 years, 11 months. This comprehensive, standardized assessment tool is considered the gold standard tool for evaluating sensory integration and praxis (motor planning) functions. Administration of the entire test generally takes 2½ h to complete, the examiner must follow specific procedures when administering the test (including what instructions can be provided to the child), and the child must be able to attend for long periods of time and follow the verbal directions. As a result, it may not be an appropriate testing instrument for all children on the autism spectrum.
References and Readings
- Ayres, A. J. (1989). The sensory integration and praxis tests. Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.Google Scholar
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