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Ayres’ Sensory Integration – Sharing the Evidence

What a fantastic Coffee and Chat we had this week! We started to consider the Hume et al 2021 article as a way to guide discussion on the topic.

Join us to join the conversation and share the evidence.

And, it was a treat to have the very eloquent Teresa May-Benson share her passion about this subject with us. Her enthusiasm was infectious. As therapists providing ASI we all need to deliver a clear message about the evidence – to challenge others who say ASI has no evidence or inconclusive with current and emerging evidence.

Teresa’s clarity and eloquence on this subject was something we can all model and aspire to. The discussion afterwards was certainly thought-provoking, with exciting planning to consider how we use social media to share the evidence with others.

Join us to listen to the recording of Coffee and Chat and to work together to develop skills and resources to professionally, mindfully and with intention address the unhelpful messages being shared without reference to what evidence-based practice is and without consideration of recently published research and reviews.

Exciting times #timesarechanging #asi #sensory #rcot #cypf #asi #sensory

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OT School House Podcast: Sensory Integration & Independent Educational Evaluations with Susanne Smith Roley, OTD

Sensory Integration EHCP

Do you work as an OT in private practice, providing independent assessments for children in school settings to support their participation in education?

Listen to Dr Susanne Smith Roley in conversation with Jason Davies. She explains ways to describe occupation and participation as part of OT practice.

Susanne explores the development of the US AOTA OT Practice Framework Domain and Process, of which she was an important part, sharing this across the globe, as well as its impact on USA pre-registration programmes.

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Research Update: Sensory processing related to attention in children with ASD, ADHD, or typical development

Overtime, studies have focused on understanding if and how sensory integration and processing patterns exist as part of difficulties neurodevelopmental  and neuropsychiatric  conditions, and therefore how these may be used to inform intervention planning. (Adamson 2006, Brown et al 2009, Patten et al 2013, Siaperas 2014, Tomchek et al 20014, Smith Roley et al 2014, Smith Roley et al 2015, 2015, Green et al 2018, Harrison et al 2021). This article explores possible links between sensory processing, ASD, ADHD and attention. 


Autism-spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are early neurodevelopmental conditions that share clinical characteristics, raising important issues in clinical diagnosis. We aimed to compare (1) sensory processing in four groups of children: ASD alone, ASD + ADHD, ADHD alone, and typical development (TD) and (2) the association between sensory processing and attention in the three groups with neurodevelopmental disorders. Our sample included 120 children aged from 6 to 12 years divided into four groups: ASD alone (N = 43), ASD + ADHD (N = 18), ADHD alone (N = 28), and TD (N = 31). Atypical sensory processing was more frequent in ASD and/or ADHD than in TD, without a significant difference between ASD and ADHD. However, the variance analysis of attention problems revealed differences between the ADHD and ASD groups. Thus, the rate of atypical sensory processing was comparable between the ASD and ADHD groups, suggesting that further studies are needed to explore atypical SP in all neurodevelopmental disorders.


Dellapiazza, F., Michelon, C., Vernhet, C. et al. Sensory processing related to attention in children with ASD, ADHD, or typical development: results from the ELENA cohort. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 30, 283–291 (2021).

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A must watch webinar | Occupational Therapy | Evidence-Based Intervention & Assessment Tools

After a very late last night for those of us who were awake last night across the UK and Ireland listening to last nights International webinar, here is a message from us all.

Make space in your diary, grab a coffee and cake, or grab your juice and sunhat, but do make time to listen again! It was an awesome evening – and is well worth the time to listen – so glad it was recorded as many of us I am sure will want to listen again!

Mandy Adamson, one of our Directors has messaged the chat feed we are fortunate as International Instructors in ASI to be a part of with this message of thanks, which encapsulates so beautifully our experience of last night and waking after not so much sleep;

“I have just woken up with my head buzzing with more thoughts and questions and with immense gratitude to you all. I will be listening to the recording again and sharing with my colleagues…Onwards …”

Dr Sultan Alfawaz, has raised the bar and we are immensely grateful to him and his amazing team for being able to be a part of this incredible offer to hear from many of the people who do leading edge research and development about ASI across the globe.

“Congratulations to Sultan and his team at the  for a fantastic event!”

Judith Abelenda from Spain summarised the perfect timing of a message about the EASI’s development and Social Justice;

“Listening to the recording. Amazing presentations so far!!! Thank you so much Sultan for this event. So glad that you mentioned social justice, Zoe, I was just thinking, what an amazing night for this to take place. It will be for ever seared in our memories. . Little by little justice will be accomplished in every realm.”

From a UK and Ireland perspective, the presentations addressed and spoke to so many of the current concerns and debate on social media, and the queries and questions raised (and considered) by Local Authorities, judges in care tribunals, in CTR”s and CETR’s and by CQC.

As we had anticipated, last night has provided some excellent quotes and soundbites that address FAQs asked by those who don’t understand Ayres SI or and a lot of the recent critique about it not being linked to function.

However, it would be fair to say the event delivered far more. It showcased and once again provided a road map for others to follow; professionalism, etiquette and collegiate collaboration, hard work and with no apologies for their passion about the difference sensory integration can make to everyone’s everyday life.

The message was clear about the commitment of OT’s practicing Ayres’ SI to recognise sensory integration and processing strengths and challenges in those who are our clients, using researched and evidence-based tools that are accessible, affordable and fit for purpose  – delivering data to shape clinical reasoning and hypothesis generation so that therapists can creatively address sensory integration and processing challenges to support our clients’ personal goals related to their participation and engagement in everyday life.

The speakers explored a wide range of interventions that therapists practising ASI can use from “pure ASI” to universal design ideas based on the principles of Ayres SI including;

coaching and consultation,

parent education and support

traditional “pure” Ayres’ Sensory Integration that meets Fidelity

research about a playground project – taking the principles of Ayres SI to all children everywhere in a universal group approach using recycled materials.

 What a wonderful thing it is to have a recording of this awesome resource to be able to share this with our therapists and others in the wider health, education and social care community!

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Neurodiversity Celebration Week

After last night’s Coffee and Chat about Neurodiversity in the Workplace, we launched Today we are celebrating neurodiversity at the start of day 2 of our Mental health, Trauma and Wellbeing Workshop with our lecture about neurodiversity. Great reads about ways to adapt the environment and tasks to support people with neurodiversity in the workplace and at home. Find more here Recommended Reading in our Amazon Shop.

For more resources to support your practice including to share with schools and businesses some great resources are available at: