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Protocol - Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBCSS)

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Proprietary

Description:

The Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBCSS) is a self-report questionnaire based on Polyvagal theory, which links cranial nerve feedback and regulatory mechanisms to behavior. It includes 67 questions across four subscales: Auditory Processing, Visual Processing, Tactile Processing, and Eating and Feeding Behaviors. Each item is scored on a 5-point Likert-style scale and also captures age of onset, age of peak behavior, and age behavior ended. Overall and subscale scores are generated by summing the responses of the individual items. Clinical and research utility: the BBCSS can identify specific areas of dysfunction in clients/students and may inform clinicians to refine interventions. The scales provide a method to organize disparate reports of reactivity across various sensory systems with an opportunity to evaluate features of hypersensitivity.

The BBCSS includes separate adult and child versions. The child version includes alternate forms: one for the primary caregiver, and the other for the teacher. For the adults, one self-administered, and the other is interview-administered.

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Description of the Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBCSS)

The Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBCSS) is a self-report questionnaire based on Polyvagal theory, which links cranial nerve feedback and regulatory mechanisms to behavior. It includes 67 questions across four subscales: Auditory Processing, Visual Processing, Tactile Processing, and Eating and Feeding Behaviors. Each item is scored on a 5-point Likert-style scale and also captures age of onset, age of peak behavior, and age behavior ended. Overall and subscale scores are generated by summing the responses of the individual items.

The BBCSS includes separate adult and child versions. The child version includes alternate forms, one for the primary caregiver and the other teacher. For the adults, one is self-administered and the other is interview-administered.

Personnel and Training Required

None

Equipment Needs

None

Requirements

Requirement CategoryRequired
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individualYes
Major equipmentNo
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collectionNo
Specialized trainingNo

Mode of Administration

Self-administered

Life Stage:

Toddler, Child, Adolescent, Adult

Specific Instructions:

The Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBCSS) is a proprietary instrument and administration requires a licensing agreement that is available by contacting info@polyvagalscience.com

Research Domain Information

Release Date:

August 7, 2015

Definition

A questionnaire to assess behaviors related to sensory and sensitivity profiles like auditory, visual, and tactile processing and feeding behaviors.

Purpose

This measure can be used to investigate symptoms of disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, fragile X syndrome, eating disorders) where there are difficulties processing and regulating behavior in response to sensory information.

Selection Rationale

The Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBCSS) is a widely used, validated questionnaire that is easy to complete, score, and interpret.

Language

English

Standards

StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE)Eating Disorder Brain Body Center Sensory Scale Assessment Scale4926435CDE Browser

Process and Review

This section will be completed when reviewed by an Expert Review Panel.

Source

The Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBCSS) is a proprietary instrument and administration requires a licensing agreement that is available by contacting info@polyvagalscience.com

General References

Baranek, G. T. (2002). Efficacy of sensory and motor interventions in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 32(5), 397-422.

Baranek, G.T., Boyd, B., Poe, M., David, F. & Watson, L. (2007). Hyperresponsive sensory patterns in young children with autism, developmental delay, and typical development. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 112, 233-245.

Dunn, W. (1997). The impact of sensory processing abilities on the daily lives of young children and their families: a conceptual model. Infants and Young Children, 9, 23-35.

Dunn, W. (2001). The sensations of everyday life: theoretical, conceptual and pragmatic considerations. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55, 608-620.

Porges, S. W. (2004). Neuroception: A subconscious system for detecting threat and safety. Zero to Three: Bulletin of the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs 24(5), 9-24.

Porges, S. W. (2009). The polyvagal theory: New insights into adaptive reactions of the autonomic nervous system. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, 76, S86-S90.

Protocol ID:

650401

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