Ros and Sarah are presenting at RCOT today on behalf of the ASI WISE team.

Occupational therapy using a data driven decision making process aids identification of possible underlying sensory integration deficits that may be contributing to participation challenges in everyday life for adults (Schaaf & Mailloux 2015). Evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) therapy with older adolescents(16+), adult and older adult clients, is lacking with this age group (May Benson 2009).

The workshop described the application of Ayres’ Sensory Integration(R) through the use of adolescent & adult case studies (including mental health, learning disabilities and autism), describing acceptable, age appropriate intervention approaches and treatment spaces that meet Ayres SI Fidelity (Parham et al 2011).

The participants explored assessment, intervention and the impact of ASI on participation in daily life, including considering outcome measurement with adults; considering the use of QOLI measures and tools from the Model of Human Occupation.

The workshop allowed participants an opportunity to see and consider how the use of narrative and goal attainment scaling can measure and record neuropsychological (cognitive, memory, attention) and functional changes (eg, occupational, social, quality of life, and adaptive functioning) that measure improvement and identify the key factors that impact participation in everyday life.