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).
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.
We had a great weekend thinking about how to support people with sensory integration difficulties . We talked about how we are all sensory beings, and how sensory preferences shape who we are, our hobbies and our careers…this article explores sensory processing and how this can impact attachment, coping and relationships.