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Classroom SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience




This page contains information about the Classroom based SI Module 1 course. See information about the Online SI Module 1 course here.

Overview

The aim of this classroom based SI Module 1 course is to enable you to understand the current neuroscience, and the relevant and emergent theories, concepts, and practices, related to Ayres’ Sensory Integration. You will be able to relate sensory processing to the underlying neurology and evidence base of sensory integration.

This means at the end of the module, you will have the foundation knowledge to understand the theory and practice of sensory integration theory and its evidence base. In addition, you will be able to draw on this knowledge to interpret structured clinical observations.

Summary:
This Ulster University-validated postgraduate module is designed to equip participants with the knowledge required to apply current sensory integration theories to their everyday practice.
    Audience:

    Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists. Psychologists registered with HCPC or medical doctors who have GMC registration (or the equivalent) can apply for SI Module 1 only.

    Length:

    5 days. The course will run from 9am to 5pm each day. Registration on Monday will commence at 8.45am. The course will finish at 4.30pm on the Friday.

    Hours: Contact with Lecturers / mentors - 55hrs, Independent study (including assessment) 245 hrs, Total effort: 300 hrs

    Fee:Gold or Silver Member Fee: £1,025 (Instalment plan option)
    Classroom Course Bronze Member Fee: £1,366.67  

    A light lunch is included. Accommodation is not included.
    Lecturers:

    Based on the units of the online course, the content will be delivered by experts in neuroscience and sensory integration theory and practice.

    Director: Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh

    Objectives

    The module has been designed as a series of learning units which address the module learning outcomes. Learning will be facilitated via a range of learning methods including animated presentations, interactive learning scenarios, videos and case study vignettes.

    The learning units include the neuroscience supporting the theory of sensory integration and an overview of all sensory systems. You will enhance your clinical reasoning skills and be able to draw on knowledge of sensory systems and sensory integration theory and research to support your clinical observations and interventions.

    In addition, you will have your own E-Mentor who will support your individual learning needs with online groups offering peer learning support.

    Assessment information

    Technology requirements for the online assessment

    • Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Mac: Safari 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 4.1 and later
    • Stable WiFi/Broadband access required to run the online course.

    Coursework 1

    40% online, open book, multiple choice questions with a one hour time limit on the neuroscience of sensory processing from primary receptors to cortical interpretation.

    Assessment period for Coursework 1: This assessment will be made available from the beginning of the first week after the face to face teaching finishes. Once students log on to do the assessment they have an hour to complete. Students must have completed the assessment by the end of the 8th week after the face to face teaching finishes.

    Coursework 2

    60% Online clinical scenarios, across a range of client groups across the lifespan, are presented for critical evaluation, application of Ayres' sensory integration and evidence of current neuroscience knowledge and understanding and emerging clinical critical thinking.

    This assessment involves answering a set of short answer questions on two clinical scenarios.

    • Scenario one: Students will select one scenario from four scenarios provided that relate to registration and modulation concepts within sensory integration.

    • Scenario two: Students will select one scenario from four scenarios provided that relate to posture and praxis.

    Students can complete the assessment on scenarios one and two at any time within the given assessment period for coursework 2 (they will not need to complete both together in the same session). Once students log on to do each scenario, they have an hour to complete.

    Assessment period for Coursework 2: This assessment will be made available from the beginning of the third week after the classroom teaching finishes. Once students log on to do a clinical scenario, they have an hour to complete. Students must have completed the assessment (both scenarios) by the end of the 8th week after the classroom teaching finishes.

    Coursework 3

    Pass/Fail. As part of the assessment strategy in the School of Health Sciences, students will be expected to produce a short piece of work reflecting on the learning achieved and how this has impacted on their patient/client interaction (500 words).

    What will SI Module 1 allow me to do?

    This course is an introduction to Ayres’ Sensory Integration theory and practice. It is not an assessment or therapy course, and therefore you cannot refer to yourself as a Sensory Integration Practitioner.

    However, subject to successful completion of the course’s assessment, as validated through Ulster University, you are able to generate hypotheses as to sensory system involvement, consider the impact on the person’s participation in life, and to consider strategies that would, and would not, be helpful in reducing participation barriers.

    A Sensory Integration Practitioner’s judgement would be considered essential to confirm/negate your hypotheses and should be sought through mentoring or supervision, in line with best practice.

    Which modules do I need to take to practise sensory integration therapy?

    A Sensory Integration Practitioner must complete and pass:

    • SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience
    • SI Module 2: Key Concepts
    • SI Module 3: Assessment and Intervention

    A Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner must complete and pass:

    • SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience
    • SI Module 2: Key Concepts
    • SI Module 3: Assessment and Intervention
    • SI Module 4: Advanced Treatment

    Who should attend?

    Our accredited SI Modular Pathway courses are designed for degree qualified occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech & language therapists to develop the skills required to practice Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy in the context of their particular professional background. However medical doctors and psychologists registered with HCPC or have GMC registration (or the equivalent) can apply for SI Module 1 only. Applicants from other backgrounds will need to be assessed on an individual basis by our Education Panel to ensure that they have the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for SI Module 1.

    Do I need to provide evidence of competence in English language?

    Yes. If English is not your first language, you will need to complete this form when registering for a Modular Pathway course.  If you do not meet the minimum English requirement, you cannot complete this course.

    How to book

    Click on the link below for your preferred date/venue and complete the booking form which will open in a new window. Bookings must be made in the name of the person attending the course including their own email address. On booking, you will receive an invoice within 2 working days. Payment is required within 30 days or prior to the course start date, whichever is soonest. Please see our booking terms and conditions for more information.

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    We are unable to reserve places. 

    Cancellation insurance

    The SI Network strongly advises that participants arrange cancellation insurance to cover unforeseen events such as illness, unfavourable weather, or cancellation of a course for which travel and accommodation costs have been incurred for classroom based courses.

    How will we contact you?

    Following booking, you will receive a confirmation email and an invoice email (within 2 days).  You MUST then log into the website and check the 'My SI' > 'My Courses' page to see important course information, reading lists, resource documents, what to bring etc. This is YOUR responsibility. Please check the course information pages frequently for updates. You will not receive pre-course information by email.

    This page contains information about the Classroom based SI Module 1 course. See information about the Online SI Module 1 course here.

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