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The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT)

The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT; Ayres, 1989) are a clinician-administered, norm-referenced series of tests designed to evaluate children ages 4 to 8 years 11 months on sensory integration and praxis.

Overview

The SIPT is a standardized group of 17 tests developed to test various aspects of praxis, perception of visual, tactile, and kinesthetic input, and the behavioral manifestations of deficits in the integration of sensation. The entire battery requires approximately two hours to administer. Individual tests can be individually administered in 10 minutes. Additional time is required to prepare the paperwork for computerized scoring by Western Psychological Services.

To use this test, therapists must have extensive training in sensory integration theory, administration and interpretation, and be certified to administer the test by Western Psychological Services or Sensory Integration International. Children who have significant behavioral issues may not be appropriate for this test. Likewise, children with difficulty following verbal directions and/or learning from demonstration of trial items may not be appropriate for testing with the SIPT. The SIPT provides extensive information about sensory processing and praxis, but the full battery of tests is extremely expensive to administer and time-consuming to score and interpret.

Summary

Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) Ayres (1989) 4-9

Norm-referenced; clinician-administered; series of 17 tests designed to measure sensory integrative and praxis skills including visual, motor, tactile, and kinesthetic tasks

Requires specialized training in sensory integration theory and administration of the SIPT. May be administered as a full battery or as individual subtests

Score sheets are submitted to WPS and returned to examiner with results

Approximately 2 hrs. to administer all 17 tests. Additional time is needed for setup and scoring

Space Visualization;

Figure Ground Perception;

Standing Walking Balance;

Design Copying;

Postural Praxis;

Bilateral Motor; Coordination;

Praxis on Verbal Command;

Constructional Praxis;

Post-Rotary Nystagmus;

Motor Accuracy;

Sequencing Praxis;

Oral Praxis;

Manual Form Perception;

Kinesthesia;

Finger Identification;

Graphesthesia;

Localization of Tactile ;Stimuli

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