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!
The purpose of the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI) is to provide a valid and reliable tool for assessing key sensory integration functions that underlie learning, behaviour, and participation. The EASI measures sensory perception, sensory responsiveness, postural/ocular/bilateral integration, and praxis, in a manner that minimizes the influence of culture, language comprehension, and prior experience.
We are still recruiting people in the UK and Ireland to help to collect international normative data on children 3-12 years of age. The long-term plan is to expand the items and normative sample so that the EASI can be used to assess sensory integration across the lifespan, in a free and accessible format.
Regional lead for Region 13 which includes the UK and Ireland is Kath Smith OT
England, Ros Urwin. Scotland, Amanda Adamson, Wales, Sue Delport. The Republic of Ireland, Helen Lynch and Northern Ireland Rosalind Rogers.