SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience
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. It is available as an online course or classroom based course. Both online and classroom courses will have an online assessment.
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.
Online Course: This course and assessment will run for a 16 week period. This online module allows participants to be flexible in where, when and how they learn. Participants should commit 50 hours direct online learning and additional self-directed independent learning time to advance their knowledge and prepare for the assignment. See below for further information.
Classroom Course: 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. See below for the assessment information.
|Fee:||Online Course Gold or Silver Member Fee: £849 (Instalment plan option)
Online Course Bronze Member Fee: £1,132
Classroom Course 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.
Online Course: The content has been developed by a team of expert SI practitioners across the range of clinical areas, service users, and lecturers. The team has included experts who have first-hand experience of the challenges of engaging with this fascinating area of study. To that end the resulting online materials and methods of learning are rich and varied. You will be guided through a series of units that have been designed to incrementally develop your understanding and ability to apply SI theory and the underpinning neuroscience.
To further help you be successful on this module, and to also enjoy the process, you will be given your own E-Mentor who will facilitate your journey through the units of the module. You will also be part of an online bespoke community of fellow students, sharing the learning journey together.
Classroom Course: 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
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The aim of this module 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.
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.
This module is designed to provide the foundation knowledge for you to understand the theory and practice of sensory integration theory and the evidence base. In addition, you will be able to draw on this knowledge to interpret structured clinical observations. The subsequent modules build on your knowledge and understanding of the theory of Sensory Integration from SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience to SI Module 2/3: From Assessment to Practice to enable therapists to use this knowledge in the assessment and clinical reasoning process to identify sensory integration problems in the context of their specific client group and to outline the possible goals and intervention plan.
Upon passing SI Module 1 (online or face to face) and SI Module 2/3, the occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech & language therapist will achieve Sensory Integration Practitioner status. This aims to equip therapists with independent practitioner level skills. SI Module 4 explores intervention through teaching, mentored clinical practice and peer presentation. Successful completion of the assignment and presentation of SI Module 4, together with the passing of the previous SI 1 and 2/3 courses, entitles the therapist to use Advanced SI Practitioner status.
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.
A Sensory Integration Practitioner must complete and pass:
A Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner must complete and pass: