At ASI Wise, to avoid confusion, we use the term sensory integration and processing difficulties. Different terms are used in different places to describe sensory integration difficulties. Some therapists may use sensory processing difficulties instead. Some may even use sensory processing disorder.
We currently have a robust test, the SIPT, that allows us to describe sensory integration difficulties and reference research evidence to interpret the unique scores and pattern of scores that the child gets across 17 test items. We can use this data to inform our clinical reasoning, create a hypothesis about what sensory difficulties are contributing to participation challenges in everyday life. We set goals, plan and deliver the intervention, Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy measuring therapy outcomes. This is best practice.
“Active, individually tailored, sensory motor activities contextualised in play at the just right challenge, that targets adaptive responses for participation in activities and tasks.”
ESIC Schaaf 2019
Ayres’ Sensory Integration assessment and therapy is typically post-graduate education for Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists. Please check that your therapist has ASI Education that meets level 2 education standards as recommended by ICEASI.
Sensory integration…the ability to organize sensory information for use…perception and synthesis of sensory data that enables man to interact effectively with the environment.’
Jean. A. Ayres (1972)
Ayres’ Sensory Integration combines theories and concepts from human development, current neuroscience, psychology with occupational science into a holistic framework through which we can consider a person’s development, learning and behavior.
Integrating sensory input is essential for development, it underpins learning and ensures we can participate in daily life, helping us to ;
make sense of and join together cues in the environment
‘do the right thing at the right time and in the ‘just right’ way’ – moving and using our bodies to get things done
be aware of what goes on within our own bodies;
know who we are – where we stop and start and where others begin
manage emotions and self -regulate
interact with others and the world around us – and safely
Here is a great resource to share with therapists, teachers, and families new to Ayres’ Sensory Integration to help explain Ayres’ SI in more detail.
Thank you to Ms Grieco and Ms Wooldridge for sharing this on YouTube
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).
“…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…”
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
This international women’s day, ASI wise are remembering and celebrating Dr. A. Jean Ayres a neuroscientist, educational psychologist and occupational therapist who pioneered the concepts of sensory integration and its impact on human learning and development. She wrote books, papers and research articles, mentored therapists and offered pioneering therapy to children, inspiring therapists over the globe to take her work and research, develop, teach and use it to support countless children and adults across their lifespans to live their best possible lives.
Here’s to all the amazing therapists inspired by one woman’s revolutionary insight!
This fantastic resource from Inner World Work, a parent and carer online resource and support site, explains how children with trauma might respond and react in difficult situations.
Beautifully illustrated and easy to read it is a great way to help teachers and other adults, who come into contact with children living with trauma, to understand a little more about what might be going on inside when children are in the protective survival states of fight, flight, freeze or submit.
Read more about one family’s journey through neonatal intensive care and what they have learned about the impact of the sensory environment on the developing nervous system of premature babies in this blog post By Anna Lee Beyer
Ofsted has warned that some early years education providers have “undue concerns” about letting children play outside, climb and run around. These health and safety fears are hindering children’s ability to build up muscular strength and dexterity.
Without taking risks, children’s “natural inquisitiveness” is stifled, Ofsted’s annual report said, “In the early years, a crucial part of preparing children for school is developing their muscular strength and dexterity…
Ofsted is the Uk government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted inspects and regulates schools, services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. The full report is available here