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Question: If I do the ASI WISE CLASI CASI programme, do I call myself a Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner?

“I am an OT and I’m interested in becoming an ASI Practitioner with your programme? What does ICEASI Level 2 mean and is it the same as other Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner courses? What do I call myself on completion of the ASI Wise CLASI CASI Programme, Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner as some of my colleagues have done Advanced Practitioner training and can’t see the difference? Thank you. Jo.”

Hi Jo

Thank you for your question. I would suggest that you describe or sign yourself on reports as

Jo Blogs

Occupational Therapist with Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ICEASI Level 2).

This would clearly describe your profession, while also describing your training in Ayres’ Sensory Integration to be able to know and understand the neuroscience and theory, be able to provide comprehensive assessment including with standardised norm-referenced tools, able to use clinical reasoning to develop a hypothesis to support intervention planning, delivery and measurement of progress/outcomes in line with ICEASI Level 2 Certificate level Outcomes.

Compentancy in SI
©ICEASI 2017 in Mori et al 2017, AOTA OTP Volume 22 Issue 12 p 8 – 13.

Not all terms used abroad are the same as here in the UK or Ireland. Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner refer to terms historically used and linked to a specific programme. 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.

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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. Read more here

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).

Please see our shop for more information about our modules and other workshops supporting the learning of therapists wanting to practice Ayres’ Sensory Integration.

You can read more about feedback about our workshops and courses on our pages.

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About the ASI Wise CLASI CASI (Certification in Ayres Sensory Integration).

While we cannot evaluate or represent other programs, we are happy to describe ours. The CLASI program was developed by Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA both of whom were students of Dr. A. Jean Ayres committed to following her tradition of excellence and research in practice.


“Course materials are derived from Ayres’ original publications and subsequent research in basic and applied science related to sensory integration and processing and how it underpins and therefore impacts directly on human function and participation in daily life. In addition, CLASI instructors are lecturers with in-depth knowledge in the areas of ASI, representing first- and second-generation students of Dr Ayres. The instructors have national and international experience in presentations of information on ASI and expertise in ASI research, education, and practice.”

“CLASI is also a founding member of the International Council for Education (ICEASI) in Ayres Sensory Integration®, an organization which aims to provide global standards for education and training in ASI. The Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI), offered through the Collaborative for Leadership in ASI (CLASI), is an advanced training program that was initiated in 2016 to continue the legacy of excellence in education, research, and practice in the body of knowledge which was originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres and which has been continued by other researchers, practitioners, and educators. This education program is produced according to the guidelines of the International Coalition of Education in Ayres Sensory Integration® and aligned with the Ayres 2020 Vision, promoting excellence in scholarship, assessment, and education in ASI.

Based on our work with Dr Ayres, we believe that comprehensive assessment is a cornerstone to appropriate and effective intervention. The Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) are currently the strongest tools available for assessing children who may have sensory integration problems hindering their ability to participate fully in their daily lives. Therefore, the current CLASI CASI includes instruction and practice with the SIPT

A new set of tests, the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI), are currently under development with international normative data expected by 2020. The EASI is also introduced and practised in the program, and it is likely that many participants in the program will feel prepared and inspired to be normative data collectors for the EASI. Other tests which assess aspects of sensory integration functions are also discussed.

Rather than providing certification in any one set of tests, we strive to enhance an understanding of the core concepts of ASI, including the main areas that must be included in a comprehensive assessment.”

Compentancy in SI
©ICEASI 2017 in Mori et al 2017, AOTA OTP Volume 22 Issue 12 p 8 – 13.

Please see our shop for more information about our modules and other workshops supporting the learning of therapists wanting to practice Ayres’ Sensory Integration.

You can read more about feedback about our workshops and courses on our pages.

“Applying hours of training completed from another organisation toward the ASI Wise CLASI CASI will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Consideration of the completed training in regard to the ICEASI standards and the length of time since the training was completed will determine whether or not it is possible to apply credit from another programme.”



CLASI Website

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ASI and Supporting Parents of Children With Autism: The Role of Occupational Therapy

“…When creating an intervention plan, occupational therapy practitioners evaluate children with autism using observation and parent and teacher reports and also interview parents about their child’s relationships and eating, self-care, and daily living skills…”

Ayres Sensory Integration intervention is one of the most frequently requested and highly utilized interventions in autism. This intervention has specific requirements for therapist qualifications and the process of therapy. This systematic review of studies providing Ayres Sensory Integration therapy to children with autism indicates that it is an evidence‐based practice according to the criteria of the Council for Exceptional Children.” Schoen et al 2018 read more here

National Autistic Society in the UK explains Why is occupational therapy important for autistic children?

Occupational therapy using an Ayres’ Sensory Integrative approach – research supports the use of Ayres’ Sensory Integration, not just for Autism but also for other neurodevelopmental difficulties. See ASI 2020 Vision Goal 1 – Scholarship recent research and FB Group Evidence ASI

You can also read more about The Role of Occupational Therapy in Supporting Parents of Children With Autism on  AOTA’s website


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Sensory Integration and Sleep

Kath and the team at ASI Wise have been working alongside Hunrosa to develop and deliver an online interactive education programme for parents and professionals about sleep. This programme complements face to face consultation and training delivered in the South West and further afield about sleep and self-regulation.

More about Hunrosa

Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 20.49.57.pngHunrosa is part of the British Sleep Society and is a member of the British Paediatric Sleep Association. The service receives regular oversight from a professional body. Direction and advice is from a sleep consultant as well as a paediatrician and consultant OT who are both expert in sleep issues. Hunrosa sleep service runs to the highest possible standards and incorporates the latest research findings about sleep. We are trained in the use of CBT-I which is an extremely effective therapy for insomnia, an approach which does not rely on medication to achieve results.

Sleep deprivation can cause significant difficulties in the lives of both adults and children with sensory integration and processing challenges.

Here are a few of our favourite resources for children, teens and adults to promote a good night’s sleep*. These resources have been gathered together by Kath Smith ASI Wise Director, Sensory Integration Practioner and Lecturer. Kath has many years of experience and clinical practice, supporting parents and families to be able to effectively plan and put in place strategies to address sleep and other difficulties.

Sensory Ladders and Self Soothe Strategies

Pokemon-Sensory-Ladder-copy.jpgBeing able to go to sleep is about more than just settling down at bedtime. Everything we have done in the day contributes to our levels of alertness and stress.

Sensory Ladders and related self soothe and self-regulation strategies are a way to help children and adults recognise their levels of alertness and to become self-aware.

It is only once we are more self-aware about of states of alertness that we can put in place strategies to do something different to change them.

Read more about Sensory Ladders here.

For those with trauma this can be especially important – read more about this here.

Spiral Foundation

Sleep and SI Brochure

Center for Connection

The relationship between sleep and sensory processing

Changing The Lighting

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Ikea not only has lighting solutions, but a whole space dedicated to sleep hygiene for adults, teens and children.

Ikea space about sleep


Smells, Sleep Sprays and Bubbles to help you sleep

Sleepy sprays and bath times bubbles – Many stores have and a version of these including:


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The Inventors of Gluten Free Playdough are Diane (Sidabras) Scott and Maryanne Gallagher who invented the product back in 1992. The two California moms developed Aroma Dough® for their own children who suffered from ADHD and life-threatening peanut allergies back in 1992. They initially started mixing up batches of it in their garages and selling them in tubs at craft shows. But when they did research on aromatherapy and the olfactory benefits for children both in their moods and in sensory and fine motor development and the dangers of a wheat based diet, they knew this product was a winner.


The foundations of MohDoh were set some 30 years ago when the mother of its inventor, Simon Palfreyman, would add a lavender essence to his modelling clay to help calm him down.  Simon was an extremely hyperactive child and not much has changed as an adult!Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 20.19.08

Now he is the father of two equally excitable boys who seem to have spent the best part of their early years with snotty noses, grazed knees and elbows, disturbed sleep patterns as well as numerous stops by the side of motorways whilst the contents of stomachs are revisited.

Simon wanted a way of helping his boys cope with these everyday ailments without submitting them to the chemicals, dyes and sugars as well as the numerous side effects that accompany conventional medication, so his thoughts returned to his modelling clay and he thought that his mum may have been on to something after all…….

The rest, as they say is history!

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Sounds to help you sleep

Moshi Twilight

The Moshi App includes access to stories and music to help promote sleep for children and adults.

Moshi App on iTunes

Just Right Touch and Temperature can help us sleep

Stopping bedding moving about and falling off, as well as providing deep pressure touch (and proprioception when a fidgety child pushes against the bedding), the Fidget Bum can be helpful to some wiggly children and teens. Some children and teens will use a vast collection of soft toys and children, teens and adults often even use the pet cat to the same effect.

Fidget Bum

Screen Shot 2019-06-03 at 20.23.06Fidgetbum provides a gentle pressure, giving your child a sense of security and helping to calm and reassure during the night. While providing pressure and security it also prevents the covers form moving throughout the night, helping ensure your child gets a full nights sleep.

A perfect product to help a child and parent through the stages of bedtime, from settling the child and throughout the night.

The Fidgetbum wraps under the mattress and around your existing bedding. Fits a single bed.