We regularly get asked this and similar questions. Here is our reply…
ASI WISE is absolutely committed to the EASI. Our Directors have been and are all involved in the development of the EASI and the global normative data collection of the EASI.
Please know that once you learn Ayres’ Clinical Observation and the SIPT on our current M3, you will be able to easily transfer learning to the EASI, including in future interpretation based on normative data currently being collected. You will also be introduced to the EASI where it is “in development” on our modules.
Our combination of online and face to face training is a modular programme run in conjunction with CLASI. It is very robust and will equip you with the research to practice not only in the UK and Ireland, but also abroad.
While your learning is considered post-graduate learning, including critique and analysis of research – this learning also includes hands on practical development of the knowledge and skills to be able to assess and treat a range of clients across the lifespan.
Learning ASI is a bit like learning to drive a car – some theory can be done online and from books, or in online chat sessions – but you do have to eventually get in a car and learn to drive with helpful supportive instruction, feedback and application in real life.
What do people say about our modules?
“That it is a great course where you’ll gain practical knowledge on sensory integration. It is fantastic to have three amazing OTs to provide you with examples and assist understanding your case studies.” Samantha Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist
“Do it! Have an open mind be curious brave don’t be afraid to discuss challenge and critique; it will change your practice! ” Lindsey Lead OT in Intellectual Disabilities
“A very good course, hands on, very well documented and the best professionals in Ayres Sensory Integration teaching.” Alexandra PT
Thank you aRTis INCLudum for making such a beautiful video demonstrating so clearly the work of paediatric occupational therapists with children and the positive occupational outcomes – and that therapy is absolutely about supporting participation in activities of daily life.
In the video we see therapist working within an Ayres’ Sensory Integration frame of reference, using comprehensive assessment including the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).
Not all terms used are the same here in the UK, Ireland or abroad. At international meetings, representatives from many international organisations have tried to establish an international standard for education in ASI.
Programmes that meet criteria for ICEASI Level 2 will equate to a therapist having learnt and applied knowledge and skills to assess, interpret and clinically reason to practice – being able to provide and reflect on intervention using the principles of Ayres’ SI.
Our Directors; Amanda Adamson, Kath Smith and Ros Urwin have been meeting up and collaborating with colleagues from across the globe at international conferences and forums. For many years, they have represented ASI education in the UK and Ireland, actively contributing to the development of the learning standards. This global initiative, an international collaboration now called ICEASI was launched at R2K in LA to help build an international group that could support any organisation anywhere in the world develop and offer ASI education that delivers practitioners fit to practice Ayres’ SI.
Directors Kath, Ros and Sarah Chierico were at ISIC in Cape Town in South Africa in 2018 where ASI Wise was among organisations represented at the formal establishment of the ICEASI Executive.
Completion of ASI WISE’s CLASI CASI modular programme will mean therapists are grounded in, know and understand seminal theory and history of ASI and are aware of and can apply current research and evidence in practice, meeting ICEASI Level 2 criteria.
This will include the ability to understand in detail, use and apply a wide range of assessment tools and methods to clinically reason how to provide intervention to anyone of any age and in any clinical setting; including how to use and interpret the current “gold standard tool” the SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test), with learning about a new test in development the EASI (Evaluation of Ayres’ Sensory Integration). Read more here.