Deep Pressure

Position of client during the assessment

  • Seated with feet flat on the floor
  • Arms rested on the table
  • Therapist seated across from client

Test in random positions all over the arms and hands

Items Needed

  • Un-sharpened Pencil
  • Sensory Shield

Assessment Sequence

1. Explain test purpose and procedures
-“Sometimes a person with an injury such as yours will have trouble feeling things. I would like to test how you are feeling things by touching your arms and hands.”

2. Explain stimulus and expected response
-“I will be using this pencil eraser. When you feel it please say ‘yes’ or ‘ok’.”

3. OT demonstrates test on self
– “I am going to touch you like this-while demonstrating on self.”

4. Demonstrate on client’s less involved side with visual input
– “I am going to touch you like this. When you feel it say ‘yes’ or ‘ok’.”

5. Test the less involved side with vision occluded
-“Now I am going to do the same thing without you being able to see when I touch you. When you feel it say ‘yes’ or ‘ok’.”

6. Test the more involved side with vision occluded
-“Now I am going to do the same thing on the other side.”

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