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SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience






"Excellent teaching - I have never understood neuroscience so well! Constant reference back to clients and clinical work aids understanding hugely. Range of teaching and consolidation methods works well. Time to chat with other therapists about their experiences and their services."

 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. It is available as an online course or classroom based course. Both online and classroom courses will have an online assessment.
     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:

    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.

    Technology requirements:
    • 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
       Lecturers:

      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

      Overview

      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.

      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.

      How does SI Module 1 fit in with other modules on the Pathway?

      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.

      Hours

      Online Content and contact with Mentors - 55hrs

      Independent study (including assessment) 245 hrs

      Total effort: 300 hrs

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

      "Good practice recommends that all sensory integration therapy must be supervised by a therapist who has, as a minimum, passed the postgraduate SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 courses and who will monitor and adapt the assessment and treatment programme as required." Therefore, you should complete and pass SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 in order to practice sensory integration therapy.

      Who should attend?

      Our accredited SI Modular Pathway courses are designed for 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.

      Participants should have passed the SI Module 1 assessment prior to registering to attend SI Module 2/3. Participants MUST have passed SI Module 1 within the last 5 years in order to attend SI Module 2/3.

      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.

      Included in Ulster University’s entry requirements, applicants for the SI Modules on this PGCert/Dip/MSc in Sensory Integration must provide evidence of competence in English language GCSE grade C or equivalent.

      See our FAQs for more information.  

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      Assessment information

      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

      Online course: This assessment will be made available at the start of week 8 of the course. 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 16th week from the start of the module.

      Face to face: 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

      Online course: This assessment will be made available at the start of week 10 of the course. Once students log on to do a clinical scenario, they have an hour to complete. Students do not need to complete both scenarios in the same session. Students must have completed the assessment (both scenarios) by the end of the 16th week from the start of the module.

      Face to face: This assessment will be made available from the beginning of the third week after the face to face 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 face to face 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).

      Pre-course reading

      A full pre-course reading list will be provided six weeks prior to the module starting.

      Benefits our of online learning option

      • Access the course anytime, anywhere in the world

      • Personalised learning – allows you to stay in control
      • Improved retention – rich multimedia content which you can repeat
      • Ongoing access to resources
      • Shared worldwide learning community
      • Save travel costs
      • Save accommodation costs
      • Save time away from family and work

      FAQs for Online SI Module 1 course

      Is it a 16 week period from the day that I register?
      No, the start date is the first day of the advertised online course and finish date is 16 weeks later. This allows us to ensure that students are supported adequately by an E-Mentor through the course. 

      Does it have online lectures that I can access at anytime of the day? 
      Yes, there are not lectures in the traditional sense of the term, the course will include interactive material which will support your engagement with the material.

      How long are the online lectures available for? 
      The online material is available throughout the 16 week period, so that you can go back and revise material whenever you would like. 

      Does it have online group activities/discussions? 
      The course will have the opportunity to engage with E-Mentors and others completing the course. This will all be done in your own time, when you select to engage - it is not envisaged that you will be expected to engage in online activities at the same time as others. 

      How do I provide structure / organise my study time over the weeks of the module?

      Our aim is to make access to the content as flexible as possible for you, so that you can study at a time and pace that suits you. All Section 1 and 2 content will be made available at the start of the module, although you will only have access to later content as you progress through the module, as there is a logical progression in respect of learning material.

      You should ensure you have 5 hours a week over the first 12 weeks to go through the content. In addition, you will need time for self directed learning and preparation for the assessment. It is however up to you how you allocate your time  (e.g. you could do 15 hours in one week and then less in the next two).

      Engaging with others who are studying the module and your e-mentor is strongly encouraged, as online socialisation is an important part of keeping motivated as well as embedding your learning. So we recommend that you are in contact with your identified forum weekly (or let your peers know that you will be away), so that you get to know others studying the module and develop networks with others that will support you long after the module finishes.

      What if I finish studying earlier than the 16 week period? Can I submit my essay?

      The assessments will not be an essay. You can submit the assessments once you are fully prepared for the assessments. To that end, Coursework1 will be made available from the start of week 8 and Coursework 2 from the start of week 10. You should submit Coursework 3 once you have completed Coursework 1 and 2. All assessments will need to be completed by the end of the 16th week from the module start date.

      Results for the assessments will be provided three weeks after the module closes.

      Can I start SI Module 1 if I am not a qualified occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech & language therapist?

      Our accredited SI Modular Pathway courses are designed for qualified occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech & language therapists to develop the skills required to practice Sensory Integration Therapy in the context of their particular professional background. This is advanced training which builds upon their existing knowledge, so it is not a beginner's course.

      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 can submit their CV to our Postgraduate Education committee who will assess whether they have the appropriate knowledge and understanding required for SI Module 1 only. Please complete the application form here.

      Only occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech & language therapists are eligible to take SI Module 2/3 which is required to practice sensory integration therapy. Applicants from other backgrounds are not eligible to take the SI Module 2/3 course.

      The SI Network understands that there is a desire from non occupational therapists, speech & language therapists and physiotherapists to receive accredited training in sensory integration and we will be looking into this in the future.  

      In the meantime, we do offer the other courses for non-therapists.

      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.

      PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ONLINE SI MODULE 1 COURSES WILL CLOSE FOR BOOKINGS 1 MONTH PRIOR TO THE START DATE.

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