The InProS Project is a cross-sectional, population-based study from 2016 that aims to describe the prevalence and associated factors of sensory processing difficulties in children ages three to seven in the province of Alicante, Spain. Recruitment of participants was carried out in 21 schools that were randomly selected based on a list of educational institutions registered with the Council of Education, Culture and Sport of the Valencian government. An invitation was sent to the directors of the different selected schools, and those schools that declined to participate were substituted by others. After obtaining permission from the director to begin recruitment, an informational meeting was held with teachers involved in the project. Teachers were those in charge of providing written information about the study to the primary caregivers as well as informed consent to participate and the questionnaires to complete. Out of 1,700 possible participants, 620 returned the completed information (response rate of 37 percent).
The group of questionnaires included the Short Sensory Profile (SSP) test, an instrument designed to collect information about sensory processing and that allows for classifying children into different categories based on their sensory profile (typical development, with probable differences and with definitive differences). Other included questionnaires collected sociodemographic and lifestyle data about the children and their parents and the reproductive history of the mother. The protocol of the study is available at this publication and the booklet with the questionnaire used in this study is available at this link.
Team of the project: Cristina Espinosa-Sempere; Iris Juarez-Leal; Miriam Hurtado-Pomares; Eva Mª Navarrete Muñoz (Co-Principal Investigator); Paula Peral-Gómez; Alicia Sánchez-Pérez; Desirée Valera Gran (Co-Principal Investigator).
Team of field work: Silvia Amat; Paula Fernandez; María Pilar Ruiz; Tayza El Toro; Neus de la Fuente; Alicia López; María Dolores Diago; Laura Compañ; Macarena Pérez.
Schools participants: CEIP Ausiàs March; CEIP Plà Barraques; CEIP El Fabraquer; CEIP Lo Romero; CEIP San Fernando; CEIP San Juan y San Pablo; CEIP San Blas; CEIP Teixereta; CEIP Jesús Navarro Jover; CEIP Jorge Juan; CEIP Monte Benacantil; CEIP San Nicolás de Bari; CEIP Mora Puchol; CEIP Trinitario Seva; CEIP Nuestra Señora de la Paz; CEIP Rafael Altamira; Centro Privado San José de Carolinas; Escuela Europa de Alicante; CEIP Joaquín Sorolla; CEIP Manjón – Cervantes; CEIP Prácticas La Aneja.
Publication of the papers of the project:
Navarrete-Muñoz EM, Fernández-Pires P, Navarro-Amat S, Hurtado-Pomares M, Peral-Gómez P, Juárez-Leal I, Espinosa-Sempere C, Sánchez-Pérez A, Valera-Gran D. Association between Adherence to the Antioxidant-Rich Mediterranean Diet and
Sensory Processing Profile in School-Aged Children: The Spanish Cross-Sectional InProS Project. Nutrients. 2019;11(5), 1007
Fernández-Pires P, Valera-Gran D, Sánchez-Pérez A, Hurtado-Pomares M, Peral-Gómez P, Espinosa-Sempere C, Juárez-Leal I, Navarrete-Muñoz EM. The Infancia Y Procesamiento Sensorial (InProS-Childhood and Sensory Processing) Project: Study Protocol for a Cross-Sectional Analysis of Parental and Children’s Sociodemographic and Lifestyle Features and Children’s Sensory Processing. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Feb 24;17(4):1447.
Navarrete-Muñoz EM, Fernández-Pires P; Mubarak-Garcia C; Espinosa-Sempere C; Peral-Gómez P; Juárez-Leal I; Sánchez-Pérez A; Pérez-Vazquez MT; Hurtado-Pomares M; Valera-Gran D. Association between Body Mass Index and Sensory Processing in Childhood: InProS Study. Nutrients 2020, 12(12), 3684