On the 10th November 2018, at Sensory Integration Education’s Autumn Conference, Sue Delport, (EASI Lead for Wales), shared with delegates the latest Update on the EASI Normative Data Collection Project for the UK and Ireland.
For those unable to attend this event, here is a brief summary of the update, sent out to the Country Leads, from Kath Smith, the Regional Lead for the British Isles EASI INDC Team:
“The EASI has a strong foundation in the history and research that underpins Ayres' Sensory Integration, with the development of the test being led by Dr Zoe Mailloux, Dr A Jean Ayres’ Research Assistant for the development of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, published in 1989.
Like the EASI, the SIPT was developed with reference to an earlier set of tests, these original tests, the Southern Californian Sensory Integration Tests (SCSIT) were Ayres' original tests for identifying sensory integration difficulties.
Part of the development of the EASI includes the collection of normative data across the globe. This global project includes the establishment of EASI British Isles normative data collection team.
Currently, research and developments in Ayres' Sensory Integration are very exciting, as a new test the EASI is being developed.
To date the team have helped to review items in development, creating a social media space to gather therapists trained in or learning ASI from across the UK and Ireland and most recently in developing the British Isles contribution to helping international testers learn the EASI so normative data collection can happen.
There is a copy of a slide from a presentation by Dr Smith Roley explaining the process of the EASI Test Development. The green arrow indicates where the project is at right now – there is a still a way to go and the test won’t be ready to use until 2020. (Click here for the whole presentation.)
The EASI Testing Regions for the UK and Ireland have been defined by EU NUTS - https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/nuts/background
England - North East
England - North West
England - Yorkshire and the Humber
England - West Midlands
England - East Midlands
England - East Anglia
England - South West
England - South East
England - Greater London
To carry out the data collection in the UK and Ireland, ethics applications are required.
The process for doing this is underway for Scotland as the first UK region, so that we can then easily replicate this process across the UK. Dr Sinead Rhodes Deputy Director of SMC Research Centre, University of Edinburgh is helping support the project, working with the EASI Lead for Scotland, Amanda Adamson and Kath Smith, Region Lead for UK and Ireland to ensure that the relevant ethics is in place for the project. Dr Helen Lynch is the EASI Lead for Ireland and an ethics application process is also underway for the data collection in Ireland.
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