ICEASI 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.
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).
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 Kids: DIY 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:
A page for kisses that you can add a kiss to with a lip print in lipstick or chapstick
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)
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.
Reminded again today on FB about this amazing animation from Beacon House – which fits so neatly with our practice of Ayres SI in combination with other techniques when we work with children, adolescents and adults with trauma. The window of tolerance fits neatly with many approaches used in mental health by SI Practitioners including Alert Program (aka Engine Run), Sensory Ladders, Sensory Attachment Intervention and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.