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…

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…

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

Building Sensory Friendly Spaces

Have you seen these resources for building sensory and ASD friendly environments… Given up to 90% of young people with ASD have sensory integration difficulties, these resources are a great guide for anyone looking to build or create sensory friendly spaces. Our own favourite is the Virco Zuma Chair for schools, offices and home – with adult and child sized options. What is your favourite…

Research In Practice: Do SI patterns identified in research exist outside a US population?

Patterns of sensory integration difficulties have been studied in the US since the 1970’s.  Many questions exist about if similar patterns exist in cultures and communities outside of the US, and studies are limited. Here is a summary of an important study conducted in South Africa. The purpose of the study was to investigate and describe the similarities and differences of patterns of SI dysfunction…

Online Resource: Thresholds

Learn more neuroscience about the senses… This lecturer explains differences in threshold receptors – importantly distinguishing between absolute thresholds and those that detect differences.

CPD on the Sofa: Early brain development 0-3

We all know the early years are critical to development – what does this mean for practice. Well it is probably all about parent education and advocacy for health promotion. This is a role we OT’s should embrace – we know how essential early input and the environment is in shaping development of the body and brain – and the importance of ‘just right’ sensory…

Research Update: Children with better coordination more likely to achieve at school

Young children with better eye-to-hand coordination were more likely to achieve higher scores for reading, writing and math according to new research — raising the possibility schools could provide extra support to children who are clumsy. — Read on www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711093224.htm Programmes like Fun Fit, developed by in Cornwall and used as a first line of in school support of motor development of young people at…

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