About the SI Network


Our Aims

The aim of  the Sensory Integration Network is to promote education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration.

We are a not-for-profit organisation with a broad membership base, drawn mainly from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The business is managed by a board of seven directors drawn from our membership.

The aim of the Sensory Integration Network is to promote education, good practice and research into the theory and practice of Ayres' Sensory Integration. We do this by:

  • Providing Master’s accredited training for therapists (OT/PT and SALT) in collaboration with Ulster University to support the education and practice of Ayres’ Sensory Integration in the UK and abroad.
  • Sharing knowledge, skills and research to ensure the quality and fidelity of the practice of Ayres’ Sensory Integration and related approaches in the UK and abroad.
  • Providing other relevant training courses, learning opportunities and support about Ayres’ Sensory Integration for therapists and others including education, health and social care professionals, parents and carers as well as those with sensory processing difficulties.
  • Promoting awareness of Ayres’ Sensory Integration to professional and public audiences.
  • Facilitating collaboration and research, building on the knowledge base relevant to the development of the theory and practice of Ayres’ Sensory Integration.
  • Providing support to those engaging in the practice and research of Ayres’ Sensory Integration to:
    • Individuals
    • Groups
    • Teaching and learning institutions
    • Health and social care providers
    • Other organisations
  • Disseminating and translating current research and science supporting Ayres’ Sensory Integration to help make it meaningful and accessible to a diverse professional and public audience.

Our History

The SI Network is a founder member of the International Council for Education in Ayres Sensory Integration.


The Network is inspired by and indebted to the work of Dr Jean Ayres, a ground breaking Occupational Therapist based in California, who was responsible for identifying and developing the concept which is now recognised as Sensory Integration.


The theory and application of Sensory Integration focused on the way in which sensory processing and motor planning disorders could interfere with activities and daily living/learning, and might be involved in the treatment of young people with a range of difficulties.

Since the 1950s, when Dr Ayres first brought these ideas to wider attention, knowledge and expertise has grown and been built on thanks to the research, teaching and experience of a wide range of professionals in the field of neuropsychology and child development, supported by the encouraging and demonstrable results amongst those participating in treatment regimes utilising Sensory Integration therapies.

In the UK, formative work was done by the Study Group on Perception in the late 1970s, the brainchild of two Occupational Therapists from Scotland. At around the same time the Sensory Integration Association, the British Institute for Sensory Integration in the United Kingdom and the Irish Sensory Integration Association were established: each organisation with its own membership and training courses... and inevitable duplication of work. These four groups united in 1994 and founded the Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland Limited with a not-for-profit educational structure. Membership has expanded from an initial 300 to the current level of almost 2,000, and is open to Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists, as well Colleges, Libraries, other professionals, and parents and carers with an interest in learning more about and sharing their experience of Sensory Integration.

The Network’s courses have gained international recognition, attracting participants from overseas, and drawing pre-eminent speakers and lecturers from around the world. We benefit from ongoing collaboration with the International Coalition for Excellence in Sensory Integration.

In 2000, links were forged with Cardiff University and developed four modular courses registered for credits upon completion at a Master’s level. These modules are recognised as Continuing Professional Development for therapists.

After a rigorous tender process for our accredited programme in September 2011, we formed a new partnership with Ulster University Health Science school, offering not only university accreditation for all four modules but also introduced a clear pathway to include these modules on a MSc in sensory Integration.

We also host courses relevant to a wider group of professionals and interested parties, including teachers, nurses, parents and carers, bringing together leading practitioners in the field of Sensory Integration and encouraging links with related disciplines in Higher Education.

Board of Directors

Chair: Rosalind Rogers

Director of Postgraduate Education: Sylvia Taylor-Goh


Director of Membership Services: Cathy Maguire

Director of Business Operations: Fiona Insch

Fellows

Begun in 2010, Fellowship of SI Network is awarded to individuals in recognition of significant and sustained contribution to the SI Network. Fellowship Awards are typically made at the Annual General Meeting, acknowledging and celebrating this achievement with the widest possible audience.

 Valerie Cribbin
- 2001
 Dr Elizabeth 
Stephenson
- 2011
 Elizabeth M.
Fairgrieve

- 2013
Sue Delport
- 2013 
Sue Allen
- 2013 
   
   
     

Company Information

Company number 05068304

SI Network annual accounts

SI Network (UK & Ireland) Ltd is a not for profit organisation. 27A High Street, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 5AH, UK.

Contact: support@sensoryintegration.org.uk   Company registration no: 05068304   ©2017 

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