MSc Advancing Practice

There are two pathways you can study to support your clinical practice as an OT, PT or SLT using Ayres’ Sensory Integration as a tool in your toolbox.
 
Route 1 |  ASI Wise Ulster University MSc in Advancing Practice  -see in royal blue above
 
This is the ASI Wise CLASI Ulster MSc in Advancing Practice route including CLASI Certification. On completion of all UUSI 1 [Theory and Neuroscience], UUSI2 [Assessment] and UU SI3 [Intervention], you will have also completed the internationally accredited CLASI Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration which form the core element of the  Ulster University Modules. 
 
This Ulster University Master’s  in Advancing Practice Route 1 includes all the same assignments required for the ASI Wise CLASI Certification in ASI (CLASI CASI), as well as additional course work and essays related directly to your current clinical practice
The CLASI  Certification in ASI is accredited by ICEASI (www.iceasi.org), so will be recognised in countries across the globe.
 
This route is suitable for OT’s, PT’s and SLT’s who do not wish to study for a Masters. This route is suitable for those who, or already have a Masters for:
1. AHP pre-registration accelerated programme 
2. Master’s Degree as a postgraduate qualification following their undergraduate OT, PT or SLT BSc/BA or similar.  (Therapists from the older Diploma routes can APEL into our programme.)
 
This pathway is completed online with a mixture of asynchronous (study alone online) and synchronous ( in our live virtual classroom on Zoom and includes group work in Zoom room and live in-person tutor groups on Zoom).
 
This pathway includes registration with Ulster University with 30 Masters Credits awarded on successful completion of each module; UUSI1, UUSI2 and UUSI3.
 
The ASI Wise CLASI Ulster University route is an MSc in Advancing Practice in line with the National Health Advancing Practice Agenda across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.  Please see attached link:
 
UUSI 1 | inlcudes CLASI M1 live and interactive via Zoom
 
SI2 | Includes CLASI  modules M2 online, M3 live and interactive via Zoom, M4 online
 
SI3 | Includes CLASI  modules M5 Online and M6 live and interactive via Zoom
 
Please note:
The core content for both pathway 1 and pathway 2 are identical with shared assignments in order to achieve CLASI Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration.
Tutor group attendance is compulsory for both qualifications.
Additional written assignments are required for the Masters accreditation.
 
Please find attached more information about the CLASI Certification and Ulster pathway.
 
How can I compare the ASI Wise CLASI CASI and Ulster University MSc modules 1 – 3, to other certificates or training programs in sensory integration?
While we cannot evaluate or represent other programs, we are happy to describe ours. Our program core is the CLASI CASI certification which was 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. They are committed to following her tradition of excellence and research in practice. Course materials are derived from Ayres’ original publications and subsequent research in basic and applied science related to sensation and its impact on human function.
 
In addition, ASI Wise and CLASI instructors are lecturers with in-depth knowledge in the areas of ASI and include first- and second-generation students of Dr. Ayres. The instructors have national and international experience in presentations of information on ASI and expertise in ASI research, education, and practice.
 

Our ASI Wise CLASI instructors have extensive experience delivering Ayres’ Sensory Integration across the lifespan including for adolescents, adults and older adults within mental health and learning disability services. These instructors have been instrumental in the innovation and practice of Ayres’ Sensory Integration beyond childhood, delivering tools and methods of intervention, now shared across the globe.

Both ASI Wise and CLASI are founding members of the International Council for Education (ICEASI) in Ayres Sensory Integration®️, an organisation that aims to provide global standards for education and training in ASI.

NB: Route 2: The ASI Wise CLASI Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration. This is not the pathway to choose if you would like to work towards the MSc in Advancing Practice. Click here for more information about the ASI Wise CLASI Certification in Ayres’ Sensory Integration.

Have you already completed education in Ayres’ Sensory Integration? Would you like to accredit your prior education and learning towards an MSc? 

For students who studied on the Ulster University Masters Programme pre 2019, you can sign up for the MSc in Sensory Integration, using your module credits.

For students from our ASI Wise CLASI CASI programme, you can APEL your learning towards completion of the new programme we are offering with Ulster University | MSc in Advancing Practice. The number of credits you can APEL and convert into Master’s programme credits is regulated by University guidelines on your final exit award.

The aim of this module is to enable students to understand the theory; including underlying
neuroscience and the evidence base of Ayres’ Sensory Integration; and how this relates to practice.

The latest advancements in neuroscience support the application of the theory of Ayres’ sensory integration as an approach for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. This module will provide the therapists with a theoretical basis for the application of the theory of sensory integration for clinical practice. SI1:M1


The focus of the first module will be on the theory of sensory integration, the central nervous system, the neuroscience of sensory systems, modulation, praxis, and the principles of
evaluation and intervention in sensory integration. This online module provides in-depth lectures accompanied by supplemental videos and assignments to enhance your learning experience.

This SI2 module comprises 3 CLASI modules M2 – M4 introducing the learner to information on direct and indirect assessment across the lifespan; including the EASI, SIPT, SPM’s, SII, AASH and the Sensory Profiles.

The module provides hands-on practice, application and review of all aspects of sensory integration including perception, reactivity, postural ocular, bilateral control and praxis. You will explore and practice choosing from a variety of assessments, learning administration and scoring with peers. Using a range of tools, you will advance your clinical reasoning; synthesising and interpreting assessment data systematically, to ensure focused and targeted intervention planning.

SI2: M2

A set of 20+ lessons aimed at introducing and orienting the learner to the scope of comprehensive assessment in ASI, including specific methods for assessing core sensory integrative functions and planning intervention when applying the ASI framework. Learners are introduced to information on direct and indirect assessments, including the Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration (EASI) (Mailloux, Parham & Smith Roley, 2016, in process) and the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT).

SI2: M3

This second assessment module provides hands-on practice and review of all aspects of sensory integration and praxis with a variety of assessments that were introduced in Module 2.

During the live Module 3, participants will have an opportunity to consolidate and clarify test administration; practicing assessments administration and scoring with peers.
*Module 2 is a prerequisite to Module 3.

SI2: M4

Module 4 provides an opportunity to apply research to guide the interpretation of assessment data and hypothesis generation , linking findings to participation strengths and challenges, and guiding intervention planning. Participants prepare a case study for analysis.

This module focuses on intervention planning from assessment, formulating the proximal outcomes that guide the selection of therapeutic activities and reaching and measuring distal participation-related outcomes. This module provides the student with foundation knowledge and skills to be able to implement intervention strategies, design, and refinement of the fidelity to the ASI intervention principles, as part of reflective practice.

SI3: M5

Module 5 provides the foundation knowledge and skills to evaluate ASI as an evidence-based method, or frame of reference, for intervention. The learner is introduced to the intervention principles of ASI and to the concept of “fidelity” to an intervention; specific instruction is provided about fidelity measures, in general, and the appropriate use of the Ayres Sensory Integration Fidelity Measure (ASIFM). Videotaped segments of intervention are featured to clearly identify the difference between ASI and other treatment methods and to show the structure and process of the intervention. Module 5 also focuses on intervention planning from assessment, formulating the proximal outcomes that guide the selection of therapeutic activities, and reaching and measuring distal participation-related outcomes.

SI3: M6

Module 6 provides the opportunity for therapists to observe experts in ASI intervention strategies work with clients across the lifespan; including in a range of settings; with consideration of the criteria outlined in the Fidelity Measure. Participants may bring their cases, or use supplied cases for analysis in small group and whole group discussions; including interpretation of assessment findings,goal setting and outcome measurement. Group work will explore and consider a range of intervention strategies, across different setting; with application of fidelity to ASI intervention principles to design, and reflect on intervention.

You can choose to pay for your learning in different ways – these will be offered to you at checkout.

They include via;

  • Direct Bank Transfer [BACS] 
  • Invoice [including for raising purchase orders for NHS Trusts and other large organisations]
  • Paypal including with credit card
  • Cheques
  • International Bank Transfer
  • Payment Plan | for those funding their ASI education independantly use or interest-free payment plan