Delegates at the SIE Autumn Conference 2019, held in Birmingham, were updated on the EASI normative data collection project by the UK and Ireland regional lead Kath Smith. You can read more on the presentation here.
The development and distribution of the new EASI (Evaluation in Ayres Sensory Integration) test is one of the transformational Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) 2020 Vision goals. Next year marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the pioneer of sensory integration, Dr A Jean Ayres. To commemorate this milestone, the international SI community proposed this ASI 2020 Vision:
“Ayres Sensory Integration will have a strong, international presence with demonstrated scholarship, means for valid, comprehensive assessment and pathways for training to ensure the ongoing development, standards of excellence and effective implementation of this important work.”
Ensuring effective intervention through comprehensive assessment in ASI
The purpose of the EASI is to provide a valid and reliable set of tests for assessing key sensory integration functions which underlie learning, behaviour, and participation. The EASI measures sensory perception, postural/ocular/bilateral motor integration, praxis, and sensory reactivity, in a manner that minimises the influences of culture, language comprehension, and prior experience. The EASI tests are designed for children 3-12 years of age and will be made available to appropriately trained professionals in a low-cost and accessible format.
Delegates at the SIE Autumn Conference had the opportunity to examine and try out the contents of an EASI Kit, which, with the exception of the specialist 3D pieces, are all available from the high street and online stores.
The initial development plan for the EASI is to collect international normative data on children 3-12 years of age. The long-range plan is to expand the items and normative sample so that the EASI can be used to assess sensory integration across the lifespan, in a low-cost and accessible format.
Therapists interested in supporting the data collection project in their local area can find out more here.
The UK and Ireland teams are listed here and information on the international leads are available from the Ayres 2020 Vision Facebook page .