Psychometric validation of the sensory experiences questionnaire

Lauren M. Little, Ashley C. Freuler, Marisa B. Houser, Lisa Guckian, Kristin Carbine, Fabian J. David, Grace T. Baranek

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INTRODUCTION. We evaluated the psychometric properties of the Sensory Experiences Questionnaire (Version 1 ; Baranek, David, Poe, Stone, & Watson 2006), a brief caregiver questionnaire for young children with autism and developmental delays used to identify sensory processing patterns in the context of daily activities. METHOD. Caregiver questionnaires (N = 358) were analyzed to determine internal consistency. The test-retest subsample (n = 24) completed two assessments within 2-4 wk. Internal consistency and test-retest reliability were analyzed using Cronbach's coefficient a and intraclass correlation coefficients, respectively. RESULTS. Internal consistency for the SEQ was a = .80. Test-retest reliability for the total score was excellent, with ICC = .92. DISCUSSION. The SEQ is an internally consistent and reliable caregiver report measure of young children's sensory processing patterns of hypo- and hyperresponsiveness. The SEQ can be used as an early tool for identifying sensory patterns in young children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-210
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Autistic disorder
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Psychometrics
  • Questionnaires
  • Sensation disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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