M1 | Theory Introduction | Live and Interactive Tutored Learning | 2022 Autumn 2 (FULL)


5, 9, 12 & 16 December 2022
*[A weekend module – starts at 1.30 ends 9.30 pm each day to allow parents time with children, with a 45 dinner break at 5 pm – we run one weekend for each module for private practice therapists and others who want weekend learning.]

Please note this in the non-Masters route. We offer both routes to accommodate those who already have a pre-reg Masters or post-grad Masters. For more information on how to complete this learning with Master’s accreditation please visit https://sensoryproject.org/msc-advancing-practice/ PLEASE NOTE: If you book this module after 1 AUGUST 2021 and later wish to register with credits for the Ulster University MSc Advancing Practice,  additional APEL and ASI Wise module fees will be payable in lieu of the difference.  You will also be required to complete all ‘missing’ assignments. The fee payable will be calculated by subtracting the price you paid for M1 online from the price for registration on the UUSI1 module at the time of booking.    

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On the ASI WISE/CLASI Module 1 Live and Interactive*  you will explore and learn about the latest advancements in neuroscience that support the application of the theory of sensory integration as an approach to dealing with 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.

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 experience.

This module is presented during Covid via Zoom – it is a practical hands-on module, so be prepared to move, play and work in groups with others in Zoom Rooms with research-based lessons that provide a solid foundation in Ayres’ Sensory Integration theory. We strongly advise that prior to starting that you familiarize yourself with the seminal texts such as Ayres (2005) Sensory Integration and the Child, available through www.wpspublish.com.  Click here to view the required and suggested readings. 


Module 1 is open to all who wish to learn about ASI theory.


After the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define scientific theory, model and frame of reference

  2. Recognize core principles and concepts of Ayres Sensory Integration® Theory

  3. Describe the common patterns of sensory integration dysfunction and their proposed neural correlations

  4. Describe the neurological structures and their functions involved in the process of sensory integration

  5. Describe the relationship between sensory integration and participation in everyday activities and occupations

  6. Describe the functional implications and occupational factors in relation to changes of sensory impairments;

  7. Discuss the praxis and its role in performance and behavior


Click here to view requirements and assignments for each CLASI module and the full CLASI Certificate in ASI program.


Module 1 will provide 30 hours of training including the assignments. CLASI is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEU) by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following AOTA CE classification codes apply for M1: Domain of OT, Occupational Therapy Practice.

Kath Smith BSc (OT), MRCOT Director ASI Wise and MBB Connections Kath’s postgraduate education in Ayres’ Sensory Integration started in the early 1990’s while she was working in a CAMHS setting in South Africa, including with young people with trauma and in secure accommodation. On moving to the UK, Kath’s passion for ASI informed the innovation of services and products to support clients across the lifespan with sensory integration challenges; including assessment tools, parenting skills card, care pathways and intervention resources.   Building on her experience using SI within learning disability services, Kath combined DBT and Sensory Integration creating practical solutions for use in acute mental health. In 2002, her development and application of Sensory Ladders to support clients with trauma was visionary. As a 2005 Medical Futures Award finalist, Kath established The Sensory Project to promote ASI across the lifespan; with the creation of the Parenting Through the Senses programme. Her All About Me sensory formulations to promote self-regulation in mental health; with reduced inpatient admissions, use of restraint alongside improved participation in everyday life. With her growing expertise and innovative practice of ASI across the lifespan, Kath was invited to collaborate with Ros Urwin to develop and lecture the application of SI beyond Childhood, an area as yet unchartered by SI Network. Kath is published in peer-reviewed journals about the application of Ayres SI across the lifespan.  ‘In recognition of her clinical ability, innovative spirit and passion to develop Sensory Integration approach for mental health settings’, in 2007 she was awarded ‘Occupational Therapist of the Year’ by the British Association of Occupational Therapy/College of Occupational Therapists. As an accredited university lecturer and researcher, since 2005, Kath has explored and developed innovative teaching and learning methods, combining face to face and online technology to create early blended learning solutions; including telehealth. A member of the ICEASI Committee, representing therapists from the UK and Ireland, Kath is EASI Regional Lead for UK and Ireland Research Project.  Established in 2017 to safeguard occupational therapist-led Ayres’ Sensory Integration across the UK and Ireland, ASI Wise delivers the ICEASI accredited CLASI Certification in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI). Kath’s passion for supporting others to learn about Ayres’ Sensory Integration is evident in her enthusiasm for promoting and sharing ways of working alongside those with sensory integration and processing challenges.

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