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Equipment Required for Somatosensory Tests and Measures
While a variety of equipment can be used to examine somatosensation, equipment that is typically required is listed below. Hold the mouse pointer over the camera icons to view unfamiliar items.
  • Large safety pin or paper clip (disposed or sterilized after each use), wooden tongue depressor, or single-use neurological pin
  • Two test tubes of equal size with stoppers or two metal temperature probes
  • Cotton ball, camel hair brush, or facial tissue
  • Tuning fork
  • Two identical sets of commonly used objects (i.e. paper clip, key, coin, toothbrush, cotton ball)
  • Blunt probe or pencil with eraser
  • Two-point discrimination aesthesiometer
  • Weight set designed for discrimination testing
  • Monofilament set (actual and enlarged facsimile of a monofilament pictured)
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. The following are examples of somatosensory tests appropriate for pediatric patients:
    • Manual form perception subtest
    • Kinesthesia subtest
    • Finger identification subtest
    • Graphesthesia subtest
    • Localization of tactile stimuli subtest
  • Tape measure or clear flexible ruler


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