Back to School

Love it or hate it, the new school year is almost here. We have asked some of our team of therapists and parents for some top tips on making the most of the new year Practice practice practice. There are lots of things you can have a go at before the first day, practice putting on and wearing a uniform, practice eating and packing a packed…

More about how UK and Ireland therapists learning ASI can support the development of the EASI

The EASI has a strong foundation in the history and research that underpins Ayres’ Sensory Integration, with the development of the test being led by Dr Zoe Mailloux, Dr A Jean Ayre’s Research Assistant for the development of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, published in 1989. Like the EASI, the SIPT was developed with reference to an earlier set of tests, these original tests,…

EASI Update

Therapists across the globe are collaborating, giving of their time and energy to develop a new assessment tool to comprehensively assess sensory integration difficulties. This is the final call for therapists wishing to join the team for the UK and Ireland EASI ( Evaluation of Ayres’ Sensory Integration) normative data collection project. You can read more about this global initiative, Goal 2 of the ASI…

Balance Testing across the lifespan – read research here…

What a great article – This test has overlap with SIPT Test Standing and Walking Balance – look at their conclusion re scores for 4-9 year olds… wow at just about the age cutoff for norms on the SIPT! Ayres knew her stuff! The information re post 39 years is interesting too in light of use of the SIPT across the lifespan and how we…

ADHD and Running – meaningful occupation for improved mental health.

We posted about exercise and ADHD – here is one man’s story. Documentary photographer Martin Eberlen was diagnosed with ADHD in his early 30s, he turned to running to help manage his condition. “Running helps me control my thoughts, it slows me down, and gives me the opportunity to focus on the things I need to focus on,” he says. Read more and see some…

Neuroplasticity Infographic

This beautiful and detailed infographic originally created by Alta Mira, San Francisco, is a great introduction to neuroplasticity you can see the infographic below and read more about it here https://bigthink.com/ideafeed/this-nifty-infographic-is-a-great-introduction-to-neuroplasticity

Back to School: help and ideas for all

Back to school is just around the corner. School can be tricky for young people with sensory integration challenges, and especially those first few weeks in a new schools, classrooms, with new teachers and sometimes new classmates. New uniforms and shoes can be challenging also. Practising these exercises at home over the next 2 weeks may help young people have some ways to reduce anxiety…

The next step in my learning journey starts this week…

I’m so excited that 3 years after starting my postgraduate training in Ayres Sensory Integration, I have finally been able to take the next step in my journey and this week I have started to study the materials for ASI WISE CLASI CASI Module 2 online, with face to face M3 later in August. Next year will mark 20 years since I completed my Master’s…

A find online: Why Do Kids on the Spectrum Have Trouble with Transitions?

This article is a great read., and links to the BBC news item this morning about a research project exploring if parents with children with autism are experiencing stress. Some children on the spectrum may exhibit problematic behaviors when asked to change their routine or to transition from one task, activity, or setting to another. Why is this? — Read on www.findatopdoc.com/Parenting/Why-Do-Kids-on-the-Spectrum-Have-Trouble-with-Transitions

How Smartphones Affect Your Sleep

In this video, Dr Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, explains how screens can impact on sleep

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