Ulster University Learning Route
The pathway you choose will depend on your own learning needs. Choose from UUSI1 or ASI1. Both are taught at post registration Master’s level, although the ASI1 Route is without Master’s Accreditation. The CLASI Certificate in ASI is embedded within both our Ulster University accredited MSc pathway and the ASI1 Certificate Route. Many people now graduate with a Master’s degree, so do not require to complete learning on an accredited Master’s pathway. Both pathways require you to demonstrate your learning about; theory and neuroscience, ability to provide comprehensive assessment and how you will use this to inform your intervention planning, delivery (including measurement of outcomes) within your usual are of practice. You will use current clients on your caseload to do this. All the Ulster University assignments have been created to develop and evidence your knowledge and skills of advanced practice of ASI, as well as how to do this in combination with your own professions theoretical framework, models of practice; using current evidence to inform clinical reasoning and reflective practice. The research modules will enhance your ability to use evidence to shape clinical practice, advocate for clients and develop and deliver services.
What does the Masters Modules in ASI compromise? How many hours of study are required to complete the MSc in Advancing Practice with Ulster University?
UUSI1 | embedded is ASI1 incl CASI M1 Taught live on Zoom over 4 days which is divide into 2 blocks of 2 days, with at least a week between blocks to ensure delegates have ample time to complete an assignment. Lectures| 30 hrs Tutorials | 50 hrs Self-directed study | 210 hrs Workshops | 10 hrs Total | 300 hours UUSI2 | embedded is ASI1 Incl. CLASI M2 – M4 M2: Self-directed study using online material, recordings, and resources. M3: Taught live on Zoom over 4 days which is divide into 2 blocks of 2 days with about a week between blocks. M4: Self-directed study using online material, recordings, and resources. Lectures | 90 hrs Tutorials | 30 hrs Self-directed study | 140 hrs Practical | 40 hrs Total | 300 hours UUSI3 | embedded IS ASI2 CLASI M5 – M6 M5: Self-directed study using online material, recordings, and resources. Delegates required approximately 24 hours of learning with an additional 6 hours for assignments. M6: Taught live on Zoom over 4 days which is divided into 2 blocks of 2 days with about a week between blocks. Lectures | 90 hrs Tutorials | 30 hrs Self-directed study | 140 hrs Practical | 40 hrs Total | 300 hrs
ASI Modules UUSI1 OTH817 – Theory and Neuroscience UUSI2 OTH818 – Assessment UUSI3 OTH819 – Intervention 2 research Modules | OTH814 and OTH812 MSc Project | PTH830
All assignments required by CLASI are also embedded within the MSc assignments. There are additional assignments required for the academic accreditation for those undertaking the Master’s pathway. The CLASI pathway includes assignments to evidence learning about ASI, and is a requirement of both pathways. The assignments include completion of a presentation, development of learning resources and case study related to your learning about assessment and then intervention. Students completing the Ulster University accredited modules are required to evidence their learning and advanced application of these new skills within clinical practice. This is done via the completion of the CLASI practice based assignments and case studies with some additional marked project work.
After successfully completing of UUSI 1 and UUSI2 you will receive a PGCert After successfully completing of UUSI 3 and the 2 Research Modules, you will receive a PGDip The 2 research modules are: UU Research Evidence OTH814 assignment worth 15 credits. UU Research Project Preparation OTH812 assignments worth 15 credits. The final MSc Project PTH830 is worth 60 credits and is in dissertation format. This can be completed over 2 years. Your MSc is awarded on successful completion of this project.
You can exit the programme at any level.
You may be eligible to APEL your SIE SI1 with Sheffield Hallam in lieu of UUSI1. There is a fee payable of £75.00 for this, but it would allow you to receive the first award, which is a PGCert on successful completion of UUSI2. There is also a requirement for you to submit a piece of the written work that was linked to your Sheffield Hallam SI1 award. Please email email@example.com with subject “APEL to Ulster” and include details of your current academic progress. SIE SI2 learning (post 2018) does not include SIPT/EASI administration. We have created an affordable conversion route for therapists wishing to complete their EASI Conversion, and the heavily subsidised price reflects your prior investment in learning about assessment, but adding to your skills and knowledge in line with ICEASI standards for education in Ayres SI. www.ice-asi.org
ASI CLASI Learning Route
The Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI), offered through the Collaborative for Leadership in ASI (CLASI), is an advanced training program that was initiated in 2016 to continue the legacy of excellence in education, research, and practice in the body of knowledge which was originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres and which has been continued by other researchers, practitioners, and educators. This education program is produced according to the guidelines of the International Coalition of Education in Ayres Sensory Integration® and aligned with the Ayres 2020 Vision, promoting excellence in scholarship, assessment, and education in ASI.
You would need to complete modules ASI1 – ASI3 (Incl. CLASI M1 – M6) to obtain your ASI Wise and CLASI-Certification in ASI.
Is completion of the ASI Wise Modular CLASI CASI programme a recognised Sensory Integration qualification, and how does it work?
The founders of CLASI have many decades of experience in continuing education in ASI. They have developed the Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI) with an emphasis on optimal learning methods for the various types of content. The result is a six module hybrid program which provides the convenience of self-paced, online learning with onsite learning for hands-on concepts that are enhanced through mentored experiences and feedback. Upon completion of the programme, learners will critique, analyse, and use advanced theoretical-practical tools of assessment and intervention for best practice using ASI Theory and Practice. CLASI CASI Modules 1, 2, 4, and 5 are offered through online training, and Modules 1, 3 and 6 are offered live. Each module will provide 30 hours of training, including the assignments, for a total of 180 hours for the program. CLASI is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEU) by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The ASI Wise CLASI Certification in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI) is an international programme accredited at ICEASI Level 2. It is an internationally recognised qualification for those wishing to practice Ayres SI. You do not need a Master’s qualification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration to practice. You do not need to be an Advanced Practitioner. ICEASI Education Standards Recently published document developed in consultation and with consensus from many organisations teaching ASI.
ASI1 [incl. CLASI M1]: Taught live on Zoom over 4 days which is divide into 2 blocks of 2 days, with at least a week between blocks to ensure delegates have ample time to complete an assignment. Additional study time for assignments is approximately 6 hours. ASI2 [incl. CLASI M2-M4] M2: Self-directed study using online material, recordings, and resources. Delegates required approximately 20 hours of learning with an additional 10 hours for assignments. M3: Taught live on Zoom over 4 days which is divide into 2 blocks of 2 days with about a week between blocks. After the main teaching sessions are complete, delegates are required to attend at least 6 hours of additional tutoring (offered in monthly hour-long sessions). Additional study time for assignments is approximately 6 hours. M4: Self-directed study using online material, recordings, and resources. Delegates required approximately 24 hours of learning with an additional 6 hours for assignments. ASI3 [incl.M5-M6] M5: Self-directed study using online material, recordings, and resources. Delegates required approximately 24 hours of learning. M6: Taught live on Zoom over 4 days which is divide into 2 blocks of 2 days with about a week between blocks. After the main teaching sessions are complete, delegates are required to attend at least 6 hours of additional tutoring (offered in monthly hour-long sessions). Additional study time for assignments is approximately 6 hours.
The CLASI pathway includes assignments to evidence learning about ASI, and is a requirement of both this and thee Ulster University pathway. The assignments include completion of a presentation, development of learning resources and case study related to your learning about assessment and then intervention. The assignments and case studies related to each module are outlined further in the requirements document from CLASI
The international CLASI Certificate includes assignments to evidence learning about ASI, and is a requirement of both the Route 1: ASI Wise with Ulster University and Route 2 ASI Wise pathway. The assignments include completion of a presentation, development of learning resources and case study related to your learning about assessment and then intervention. The assignments and case studies related to each module are outlined further in the requirements document from CLASI.
While completing modules, your assignments will be submitted via G-Drive for review by the ASI Wise education team. On successful completion of all required documentation and assessments, you will upload work to CLASI’s secure online platform for final sign-off to receive your CLASI CASI Certificate.
Please follow instructions within your Learning Space, which may include requesting advice from your local NHS IT department.
Until 22 July 2023 you may apply for a CLASI Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration, by APEL Route (Accreditation of Prior Education and Learning) of your SI Network/SI Education SI1, SI2/3 (SI2) completing the relevant EASI Conversion before you commence M5 and M6 (ASI Wise/CLASI Intervention modules). There is no fee to do this for those wishing to transfer into the CLASI only programme.
Please email via our contact us link at the bottom left of this page with further information about your modular progress so far. The education team will be able to provide you with a range of options tailored to you and your learning needs, ensuring you are able to achieve your MSc in Advancing Practice with Ulster University, as well as your ASI Wise CLASI CASI Certificate.
In order to complete learning the EASI, delegates are required, regardless of Route, to undertake CLASI Modules 2, 3, and 4 including necessary assignments.
Access to the EASI manual will be made available to all delegates when they received their Module 2 login.
When you have received you login in for Module 2, you will also be granted access to EASI resources that we recommend printing in preparation for Module 3. The EASI has been designed so that therapists are able to create their own kit, anywhere in the world, at a low cost. Some delegates choose to build their kits ahead of Module 3 to support their learning; guidance about how to do this is provided in Module 2. In order to complete the case study assignments attached to Module 3, delegates are required to use the EASI assessment with a client. Therefore, access to one is required.
EASI Route 1 is designed for you. This gives delegates a discounted price to complete CLASI Modules 2, 3, and 4 with new content geared toward the EASI. These modules included Introduction to Assessment, Application in Practice, and Interpretation of Assessment Data. These modules are taught both online and live on Zoom and include a minimum of 6 tutorial sessions to support completion of a required case study assignment.
After completion of either the CLASI Certification or the University of Ulster MSc in Advancing Practice, does ASI Wise providing Continuing Professional Development about sensory integration?
ASI Wise is a proud sponsor of Sensory Ladders education; this resource is used widely to support people across the lifespan to support self-regulation and sensory modulation. With support from us, Sensory Ladders can be accessed for free by anyone, from anywhere, anytime. Sensory Ladders can be accessed here: https://sensoryladders.org/ courses ASI Wise hosts ‘Coffee & Chat’ every Wednesday at 7:30pm GMT/ BST. These sessions are free to all attendees and new topics, related to ASI, are explore each week. This is available on Zoom. ASI Wise has created additional CPD opportunities through Wise+. ASI Wise has created a Community of Practice using a variety of online platforms which can be join via links found under Social Media FAQ’s. Our partner, CLASI, provides a range of CPD and enhanced learning opportunities, please follow the link to view these: https://www.cl-asi.org/resources To keep up to date with all CPD and events hosted by ASI Wise, please follow the link: https://sensoryproject.org/community-of-practice/
Our courses are designed to provide high-quality learning and support for delegates. We teach 1/2 of the programme live including via Zoom enabling delegates to get face to face learning with our expert education team. We offer all delegates regular tutorials following attendance on a module to deepen their understanding and provide support with assignments. This is included in your module price. We also have an active Community of Practice that we encourage delegates to engage with to get continued support from the education team and other professionals using Ayres’ Sensory Integration whilst learning with us and beyond. ASI Wise is committed to supporting current, future, and past delegates enhance their awareness of sensory integration. As such, a range of CPD opportunities and resources are offered through Wise+.
If you will be absent, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. The education team will provide you with alternative course dates or offer alternative arrangements. Please note, attendance to live teaching sessions of the CLASI-CASI or Ulster University pathways are MANDATORY. Modules 1, 3, and 6 are interactive and require group work which contributes to your overall Certifications/Credits. Therefore, absences will need to be managed by the education team to ensure all necessary learning, assignment, and course components are completed.
Here at ASI Wise, our core modules are provided via CLASI and developed by Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Susanne Smith-Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA both of whom were students of Dr. A. Jean Ayres. The lecturers and instructors of our programme have extensive expertise and experience in research, education, and practice of Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI). Our courses provide learners with the ability to utilise ASI across the lifespan and in a range of clinical settings, including both adult and paediatric. The CLASI modules are accredited by International Council for Education in Ayres Sensory Integration® (www.ice-asi.org), which provides global standards for education and training. Additionally, CLASI is recognised by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA are a member and approved education provider of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.
Please follow instructions within your Learning Space, which may include requesting advice from your local NHS IT department.
The CLASI programme is offered across the globe via partnership organisations. ASI WISE offers courses in English primarily for therapists from the British Isles, but we do also welcome anyone who wishes to study with us. To explore you providers across the globe offering the CLASI CASI Certification, please follow the link: https://www.cl- asi.org/international We are also able to offer the MSc in Advancing Practice, which is accredited by Ulster University, internationally. For those who do not speak English as a first language, delegates must be able to comply with English language requirements set out by Ulster University. Please follow the link for more information: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/global/apply/english- language-requirements
I am not a registered health and care professional but work in settings where sensory integration is considered. What courses can I complete?
Anyone with relevant experience, currently employed in a health, social care, or education setting can undertake CLASI Module 1 to gain an insight into the theory and neuroscience of Ayres’ Sensory Integration. Unregistered therapy assistants or equivalent working under direct supervision of a named OT/ PT/ SLT with advanced training in ASI may be eligible to also complete CLASI Module 5 and 6. Those eligible will be required to provide written confirm that this sponsorship has been agreed. For more information about this, please email email@example.com. Beyond our modules, we are able to provide a range of other training and learning opportunities relevant to a broad spectrum of clinical practice and settings. This includes our workshops and CPD through Wise+
ASI Wise is pleased to be able to provide a range of workshops suitable to a broad spectrum of clinical practice and settings. These include: • Sensory Integration for Mental Health and Well-Being [SP-MH1] • Trauma, the Senses, and Mental Health [SP-MH2] • Sensory Connections for Neuro Rehab [SP-NR1] • Learning Disability: Mental Health Workshop [SP-LD1]
Are your courses and/or modular programme suitable for Allied Health Professionals who are not Occupational Therapists?
Absolutely! Our education team has a wealth of expertise and experience providing education and training for people from a variety of health and care professions. To find out more about our education team, please click on ‘Being’ at the top of this page. If you have any further queries about the suitability of our workshops, courses or postgraduate training for your professional practice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASI Wise is able to provide a range of resources to people holding varying levels of membership. Visit https://sensoryproject.org/shop to see our range of webinars and resources.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, we have chosen to keep our live modules and workshops virtual. We have done this in consultation with leaders within the NHS and others; enabling ASI Wise to continue to provide safe, accessible, affordable learning and flexible course dates, reducing staff travel and time away from work, facilitating a range of options for stretched teams. While we appreciate this is not everyone’s preference, our education team tailor sessions to support a range of learning styles and needs. We have found that virtual learning has been largely well received and enables more individuals across all organisations to access our programmes. As work life balance improves in the future and infection rates reduce, we will offer in person intensives within regions, using clinical settings for hands on learning opportunities about assessment and intervention for those who are able to travel.
For self-funding delegates ONLY, Modules can be purchased individually or a predetermined payment schedule can be arranged through email@example.com. However, to complete online modules, payment must be received before delegates can be granted access. For live teaching sessions, delegates are expected to have fulfilled payment 4 weeks before teaching commences.
ASI Wise is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to provide education and learning in sensory integration. We have priced our modules to be as affordable and accessible as possible without compromising on quality. As such, we are unable to offer discounts.