We have had lots of enquiries lately and some confusion about who we at ASI WISE are, and what our purpose is.
We are a not for profit organisation established in 2017 to provide affordable accessible hands in education and CPD about Ayres’ Sensory Integration for occupational therapists across the UK and Ireland.
The OT Directors are all time served clinicians and have developed and lectured sensory integration courses over many many years through different organisations. Kath Smith and Ros Urwin have also led on the development and application into older adolescent and adult/older adult clinical populations including trauma since 1999 in the UK, supporting and developing this awareness and teaching into Europe and further afield.
While we are actively involved in the UK and Ireland EASI project – this is not, unlike popular belief, our reason for developing a new organisation.
We are passionate about ensuring ASI learning remains hands in when it needs to be – to learn essential skills you can’t learn online including for assessment and intervention.
The teenage brain challenges parents and professionals. This book by Neuroscientist Sarah Blackmore helps us understand why and provides clues about what might help teens, parents and others negotiate these sometimes tricky times.
ASI WISE was recently invited to deliver a presentation about Autism and sensory issues to a UK National Autistic Society meeting. Our presentations to the audience addressed the science and evidence behind autism and explored a families experience of sensory integration therapy.
Since the presentation we have had interesting conversations with some parents who attended. A common theme has been parents discovering that motor and praxis difficulties are part of sensory integration theory and therapy, and that ‘sensory’ in autism isn’t just about sensitivity.
Here is a great blog by an adult with autism who describes those sensory integration difficulties from visual scanning to actually doing.
ARE YOU THE PARENT OF A CHILD BETWEEN THE AGES OF 4 and 12?
We have received a request to help find research participants from a group of parents whose children experience issues with eating. They would like to know more about how eating is related to children’s emotional behaviour and sensory sensitivity.
The group have worked in collaboration with Prof Jackie Blissett (Aston University) and Dr Terry Dovey (Brunel University) to design some research and now they need your help!
This questionnaire will ask you about your child’s eating, their emotional behaviour and how sensitive they are to noises and textures and should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete.