ASI Ulster University SI1* | M1 | Theory and Neuroscience | OTH817 | Autumn2 2022 [FULL]


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5, 9, 12 & 16 December 2022

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This ASI Wise CLASI M1 module includes registration for the Ulster University SI1 Module* which awards 30 Master’s credits. This is the first module towards the Ulster University MSc (Advancing Practice)*. This will be awarded according to your profession; Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Speech and Language Therapy.


The latest advancements in neuroscience support the application of the theory of 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.  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. 


The aim of this module is to enable students to understand the theory and practice of Ayres sensory integration and processing and to relate sensory integration to the underlying neuroscience and evidence base of Ayres Sensory Integration. 


Successful students will be able to: 

  1. Define and appraise the scientific theory, model and frame of reference in order to apply the core principles and concepts of Ayres Sensory Integration® Theory 
  2. Describe, evaluate and analyse the common patterns of sensory integration dysfunction and their proposed neural correlations, with reference to the neurological structures and their functions involved in the process of sensory integration 
  3. Describe and appraise the relationship between sensory integration and participation in everyday activities and occupations; including the functional implications and occupational factors in relation to changes of sensory impairments; 
  4. Describe and consider praxis and its role in performance and behaviour. Synthesis of this knowledge and its application in practice. 


Ayres Sensory Integration History of Jean Ayres; Tenets of Sensory Integration; Concepts related to Ayres’ SI  The Science: Neuroscience Science- Introduction to Neuroscience; Neuro Physiology and Anatomy; Human Growth and Development; Consideration of emerging concepts in Neuroscience.  Sensory Systems  AYRES Sensory Integration Constructs and Sensory Patterns  Introduction to assessment, clinical reasoning and intervention; The application of the Data-Driven Decision Making Process. 


  • Theoretical material is introduced through lectures, and developed and reinforced through directed reading and workshops. 
  • Lectures will provide an overview of the main topic areas, develop the student’s understanding of the key issues, guide the students on how to find out more about the subject and the reading they need to undertake. 
  • Online video-material initiated workshops and tutorials will involve students in online group discussions. 
  • Where required, tutorials will also involve one-to-one online tutoring between tutors and students. 
  • Students will be expected to undertake self-study. This will be, in part, preparation for the assignment. 
  • Students will also be expected to identify and follow up on their own learning needs. Practical exercises will give the opportunity for students to work to consolidate the knowledge learnt within the lectures. 
  • Students will be directed to read key texts, integrated into the core content of the lectures. Students will be encouraged to participate actively in the module.  Students are encouraged to use online communication tools such as online discussion board/forums as part of a community of practice, providing mutual support and advice from the lecturers. 
  • The module is offered fully online live and interactive via Zoom. Fully supported with live tutoring on Zoom.
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