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Evidence-Based Guidelines for Occupational Therapy Using Ayres Sensory Integration

17952902_746008925561158_9192714426638560001_n.jpgICEASI has recommended education standards for competency to practice Ayres Sensory Integration. AOTA have published an article, including the table below, in their publication OT Practice in 2017 discussing this in more detail. Sadly the full article is not accessible to those who are not AOTA members.

This publication makes recommendations for international education standards for Ayres’ Sensory Integration Education.

These standards were finalised at a meeting in 2017. They were developed from original proposals and ideas first developed by an international group of leaders in the field of Ayres’ Sensory Integration in 2009/2010 at R2K in LA, USA with further development and refining at meetings held at ESIC’s including Austria (2009), Portugal (2011), Finland (2014), Birmingham, United Kingdom (2015) and Austria (2017).

You can read more about the early global initiative to define competency in Ayres SI at SIGN


©ICEASI 2017 in Mori et al 2017, AOTA OTP Volume 22 Issue 12 p 8 – 13.

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Where are all the books?

There are so many fantastic books available to those interested in finding out more about Ayres’ Sensory Integration, Check out our Facebook “book corner” photo album and some of our previous blog posts for some fantastic reviews of these books.

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms  

The Body Keeps the score

Superkids Activity Guide

Self Regulation Interventions and Strategies and When my worries get too big 

I love books, I always have.

When I was a child my English teacher told my mother that she should encourage me to read more, my mum simply told her that if she did that she would never actually get to see me. You see from the moment I could read that was what I most loved. I loved the books, I loved our weekly trips to the library, I still love the smell of a new book, the feel of an old book, folding back the pages of places I needed to find again. I especially love when the book is my own and I can make my own notes in it and mark the pages. Oh and books that are gifts which have personal inscriptions on the front page.

back in uni

Twenty years after I started my first university course I found myself back in higher education. On returning to study my first question was…”Where have all the books gone?” I have to confess that the geek in me was really looking forward to getting my hands on some new reading material. Our online library and the access we have to databases is mindblowing in its extent. The Internet has absolutely revolutionised the speed at which I can access almost any book or journal from anywhere at anytime.

In lectures we are encouraged not to write so much, and told that “the powerpoints are available online”, and they always are. However, whilst I have almost unlimited access to endless amounts of quality information I just don’t feel that I am learning effectively from a screen, and learning without a pen in my hand feels strange.

I came across this post by business insider which summarised this systematic review by Lauren M. Singer and Patricia A. Alexander who looked at many years of empirical research to see if there was any evidence for differences in comprehension between reading on paper and reading digitally. It appears that I am not alone in struggling to learn digitally. The study found that students tend to read faster online which is more effective when trying to understand a general idea but for in-depth comprehension that most students did significantly better when reading printed text.

Currently, Amazon is my new best friend, as is the colouring in book I carry with me to class each day.


If you are a book lover, digital paper or otherwise, you have some post-grad education in Ayres’ Sensory Integration and you would like to  join us in reviewing some relevant books and articles you are welcome to follow this link to join our facebook group – also please don’t forget to answer the questions – Ayres’ Sensory Integration Book and Journal club.


We will be adding more book reviews over the coming  months, make sure you have signed up to follow us on  – If you would like to review your favourite book for us as a guest blogger, please get in contact with us

never stop learning




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Half Term Help!

Needing a bit of quiet time?  There is nothing like a new book for half term.  These two will also provide some activities to keep your kids engaged longer.

superkids bookFor Big KidsThe Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day by Dayna Abraham.  It’s promise?  To show you how to conquer your day like a rock star, every day!

Contains: table of contents, superkids manifesto, how to use this book, resources and templates and an index.  Chapters for rocking morning routines, magical mealtime solutions, whizz-bang waiting hacks, stellar learning secrets, incredible play ideas, maxin’ and relaxin’ night-time rituals.

My ten-year-old road tested this book with me.  He gave it an 8 out of 10.  Here are our favourite parts.

  • This book tells older children about ALL of their senses with pronounciation guides for each sense, which is really helpful when a book introduces your proprioceptive, vestibular and interoceptive senses.  Each activity is designed to help you get into a “just right” speed.
  • Each activity tells you how to train your adult to see the benefits you will get from using it

The activity that we started using right away: animal walks for rocking morning routines

The first activity we will start making: a magnetic morning routines chart with a to do column for your routine and a done column where you can move your magnet when its activity is done.


For Little KidsDIY ABC by Eleanora Marton.  It promises a new take on the alphabet format and a four year old friend shared their copy with me.

Each letter has a page and an activity.

My favourite part?  G is for gardening!  Who wouldn’t like the page that allows you to trim the strips of green grass.  Drawing ants to add to the anthill also provided some fun.  This book also has:

  • Flaps
  • Stickers
  • A page for kisses that you can add a kiss to with a lip print in lipstick or chapstick
  • A page with space for a picture of your family

Happy Half Term!!!

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Vestibular processing is altered in some children with ADHD.

Did you know that a study by an OT, Valeria Isaac, and her colleagues, has shown that some children with ADHD have measurable differences in how they process vestibular input?

The study, which was carried out in Santiago, Chile was presented by Valeria at ESIC in Austria in 2017 and is entitled “Altered Cervical Vestibular-Evoked Myogenic Potential in Children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder” It was published last year in Frontiers in Neurology (ref: 2017;8:90. doi:10.3389/fneur.2017.00090)

To read the full article, click here

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What is Occupational Therapy about?

Although not limited to Occupational Therapy using Ayres’ Sensory Integration, this great video about Occupational Therapy from AOTA is a great one to share, it makes clear the links between functional participation in daily life and therapy.