Great question. This is what we recommend:
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.
Successful completion of the courses and assignments for SI Module 1 (online or face to face) and SI Module 2/3 by an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech and language therapist confers Sensory Integration Practitioner status. It 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 previous SI 1 and 2/3 assignment completion, entitles the therapist to Advanced SI Practitioner status.
Good practice recommends that all sensory integration therapy must be supervised by a therapist with post graduate education in sensory integration (minimum Module 2/3 or equivalent), who will monitor and adapt the assessment and treatment programme as required. Therefore, you should complete SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 in order to practice sensory integration therapy.
So until you have completed module 2/3 you should not call yourself an SI practitioner but you can use your SI knowledge to inform your every day practices.
I have posted on here previously about what sensory work OT's trained in Module 1 can be delivered from a competency perspective.
I work with adult clients in acute psychiatry, and would like clarification about what sensory interventions staff can deliver according to their training experience?
Within our service, we have two staff members who have studied Module 1; to date, the staff have facilitated a ward-based sensory group that introduces the sensory systems, preferences and coping strategies, including the sensory toolkit. The staff concerned have also worked on a 1:1 basis with clients, completing a “sensory preference checklist” and devising a self-help sensory booklet from this outlining stressors, early warning signs and relaxation strategies in relation to the sensory systems.
A third member of staff has undertaken the 3-day training course (Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties in Everyday Life); to date, this member of staff has worked on a 1:1 basis with people using sensory as a graded engagement tool. e.g. using hand held sensory items to assess individual’s sensory preferences, and providing further sensory items to support preferences identified.
It would be really helpful to clarify what the following training levels enable staff to deliver from a sensory perspective:
- Sensory Integration Module 1
- Understanding Sensory Integration Difficulties in Everyday Life (3 day course)
- No sensory training
Thank you for your help.
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