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Feedback and Review: The ASI Wise CLASI CASI Module 3 Online

This weekend saw us deliver Module 3 live and interactive via Zoom to therapists from the UK and Ireland. We have successfully used Zoom and GoToWebinar during COVID-19 to have live interactive CPD webinars about Sensory Ladders, Assessment and Research. We wondered if Zoom would allow us to see and work in almost the same way as we would usually do in the face to face classroom module?

“I just want to say thank you for such an enjoyable 3 days. It was excellent, and I learned so so much. I’ve been working in paeds for 4 years and never really truly understood the Clin Obs until you explained it the way you did. I just think your course should be compulsory for all Paeds OTs!!! It was excellent. Thank you. Looking forward to the next stages…

…You can leave my name in and please do share the review. I will be recommending the course to every OT I meet, especially my Paeds team (OT, SLT and PT). Looking forward to doing an in-service on everything you have thought me. Thanks again. See you in August.”

Helen Hoyne, July 2020

img_4852We could see and talk to each other in real-time, share coffee and a laugh as we learnt the tests of postural praxis and praxis on verbal command in the SIPT. We considered the new items in the EASI that assess posture and praxis, including some that the original Ayres’ Clinical Observations, developed and published in 1972 in the iconic ‘Blue Book – Sensory Integration and Learning Disorders’.

photo_2020-07-23 07.32.26We explored what’s the same and different in Design Copy (SIPT) and Designs (EASI). We measured angles in Constructional Praxis and wondered curiously about what each test measures and how this contributes to clinical reasoning.

photo_2020-07-23 07.32.33It was exciting to see how technology can help us to deliver such an efficient hands-on, somewhat socially distanced learning experience. And, that it is possible to do this while having fun and getting to know each other as if we were together doing it face to face.

And, as the first 3 days drew to a close, we started planning the time before now and the final day 4 of Module 3. Our delegates are now ready to begin building EASI kits, and borrowing SIPT kits from local therapists or ASI Wise to be able to practice with family and friends, and where possible starting to assess their case study client as well.

“I wanted to say thank you for yesterdays session and all your hard work putting it all together in such a different way to normal. I really enjoyed the sessions.” CY July 2020

img_4845Guided by the data-driven decision-making process, delegates will now collect data to plot onto the interpretation tool, including how to consider and include data from a range of assessment tools and tests, interview, client and carer narrative and observation of play and leisure, even when this is via telehealth.

Looking forward to our final day together in August, and the Tutor Group chat online before this, watching and supporting people’s progress mastering new assessment skills.

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“It’s working really well online, in my opinion. I really wasn’t sure about doing M6 online and neither was my colleague, but I’ve told her how good it is and we’d both now like to do it.” HM July 2020



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Research 4 ASI Live

Did you book the day in your diary? Join us live tomorrow night.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jul 7, 2020 at 19:30 London(BST) Time.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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The Teenage Brain – a great new resource

Looking forward to following this new organisation, who appear to have some amazing resources from my first drop onto their website today.

From their Founder…

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Module 3 Online – includes exploring the EASI.

We are delighted to announce that Module 3 (and Module 6) have now gone online in a live interactive format. Get your internationally approved certification in Ayres’ SI.

For therapists learning Ayres’ SI during and just post-COVID-19 while travel remains tricky, we are offering this liver interactive face to face learning virtually, working with world experts in Ayres’ SI ensuring we can continue to meet ICEASI standards for sensory integration education while socially distancing.

Module 3 deepens therapist learning about Ayres SI and the sensory systems, learning about these in detail across a range of different assessment tools – including ideas about how to adapt the SIPT and Ayres’ Clin Obs for adult clinical populations. 

We will explore both the SIPT and EASI – thinking about each test within these test batteries, considering how individual tests are similar and different, how they relate to each other and what they can tell us about how these tests relates to sensory challenges  impacting on participation in everyday life. We explore ways to assess clients who cannot complete standardised assessment, including applying this new learning to unstructured clinical observations and ways to capture this data. 


Learn more about new tools in development including changes to the SPM, and the FLIQ (Family Life Impact Questionnaire) currently being researched as part of te EASI Project. We consider a wide range of tools, their use clinically including the Adult Adolescent Sensory History

Kath Smith and the team at ASI Wise will guide you through this learning over 4 days, where you will work with others online, complete practical activities via Zoom and at home, so that you are supported to consider how to provide comprehensive assessment, even while socially distanced.

We will also introduce you to ASI assessment via telehealth in our post-module weekly live tutor groups on gotomeeting.

To book please visit


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Parenting Through the Senses

The news on the BBC yesterday was hard to hear and read about.

‘Utter abandonment’ of special needs families during lockdown

However, here is timely news about a support programme for parents.

We will be delivering Parenting through the Senses from 3rd August 2020, realising the project’s ultimate vision to deliver this to parents across the UK and further afield, via telehealth.

Parenting through the Senses is a culmination of work done over many years to further develop this award-winning programme, which was initially run face to face in Cornwall and via Skype to those in rural areas.

Since then, with testing of the concept further afield and in a PhD Pilot Project, we have been able to adapt and adjust the programme to benefit from the improved technologies needed to ensure a cost-effective and efficient method of delivery.

We delayed the March launch of the project starting as EASI data collection was ending, freeing up our therapists time to support the launch, focussing instead on offering COVID support to help therapists continue to practice.

 In the meantime, join our Sensory at Home Chat and Support Space here.

We have some incredible therapists who have volunteered their time as our special guests. We will be letting you know more about who they are over the coming weeks – Please share this with parents and families.

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Parenting through the Senses Feedback – Malabar Children’s Centre Truro, UK 2008

The use of meaningful occupation to assist people who have difficulty in achieving a healthy and balanced lifestyle and to enable an inclusive society so that all people can participate to their potential in daily occupations of life.

Townsend et al (2007)

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