Online SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration - Assessment



The online SI Module 2 course, accredited by Ulster University, is the second part of the modular pathway which also offers the opportunity to work towards a Postgraduate Diploma or Master's of Science Degree in Sensory Integration. This module builds on the theory of SI, the principles of sensory integration assessments and the use of clinical reasoning to apply theory to practice in the context of specific client groups. (20 credits)

SI Module 2 trains clinicians to use their knowledge of the underlying neurology as it relates to ASI to synthesise and interpret assessment information and to use sound clinical reasoning to generate a justified working hypothesis for intervention. Using the most current evidence base, clinicians will explore the patterns of sensory processing and integration difficulty and will understand how these relate to the different clinical models of sensory integration. With a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of assessment, clinicians will learn how to administer specialist assessment tools, and to interpret and synthesise the assessment information. An explicit emphasis on extending clinical reasoning to a Specialist level supports the clinician to apply these skills and to be able to explain and back up their rationale for the next steps, across all aspects of their clinical practice. In Module 2, the groundwork for negotiating joint therapeutic goals around participation which is relevant and meaningful to the client is put in place.

In SI Module 2, clinicians develop the skills to be able to research and evaluate research literature independently to be able to make a judgement about the level of robustness of claims around SI and related areas of clinical interest. This gives clinicians the tools for meaningful independent continuing professional development and allows clinicians to understand how strong (or not) the evidence base is for using SI approaches with a wide range of client groups in different settings.

 Summary: SI Module 2 focuses on giving the student the tools and knowledge to assess using the Ayres’ Sensory Integration framework. Students will explore the patterns of sensory integration dysfunction, sensory integration models and the principles and practice of assessment. Students will develop clinical reasoning skills and the ability to synthesise assessment information as relevant to sensory integration. By the end of the module, students will be able to plan an intervention from synthesising case history and assessment data.
     Participants: Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists only who have already passed SI Module 1.
     Length: 16 weeks, 24 hour access
    Hours: Online Content and contact with Mentors - 55hrs, Independent study (including assessment) 145 hrs, Total effort: 200 hrs
     Fee: Gold or Silver Member Fee: £899 (Instalment plan option)
    Bronze Member Fee: £1,198.37
     Director: Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh, Director of Postgraduate Education 


    Students will:

    • Develop an in-depth understanding of the key concepts of Ayres’ Sensory Integration.
    • Be knowledgeable about patterns of sensory integration dysfunction underpinned by current research.
    • Be familiar with a range of models related to Ayres’ Sensory Integration theory and practice.
    • Understand the principles of assessment and the skills required for Ayres Sensory Integration assessment.
    • Will enhance their clinical reasoning skills and their ability to synthesise assessment data, with a view to interpreting complex information gained from this assessment process.

    Where does SI Module 2 fit in the pathway?

    SI Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 are taken directly with Sensory Integration Education and are accredited by Ulster University.  Modules 5, 6 and 7 are taken directly with Ulster University. See more.

    Assessment information

    The assessment will be in three parts.

    Assessment 1: This will require the student to engage with online literature searching, identification of key papers and an evaluation of their contribution to the field.Students will review a journal article and then answer a series of online questions.

    Weighting: 20% of the module’s overall mark. It will be submitted by end of Friday in Week 16.

    Assessment 2: Students will be given access to all case study material pertaining to this assessment online. This assessment will require the student to identify, interpret, and synthesise accurately video material and raw assessment data, to identify strengths and barriers, generating appropriate clinical hypotheses, and consider plan of action going forward for that person and significant others.

    Weighting: 80% of the module’s overall mark. It will be submitted by end of Friday in Week 16.

    Assessment 3: Reflection -you will produce a short piece of work reflecting on your learning and how this has impacted on your professional practice. This is Pass/Fail.

    Weighting: it has no contributing mark. It will be submitted by end of Friday in Week 16.

    Subject to change.

    What will SI Module 2 allow me to do?

    When you complete SI Module 2 and pass the assessments, you will be in a position to assess clients by selecting appropriate assessment tools, and synthesising and interpreting the data within a framework or clinical model which you understand to be most appropriate for your client group. Your clinical reasoning skills and ability to search and evaluate published research will be well-developed. You will be able to explain and justify why you understand a client’s participation difficulties to be related to sensory processing and integration, and you will be able to evaluate and describe where the evidence base supports your working hypothesis, and where the evidence base is more sparse. This is particularly relevant for clinicians who support diverse clinical populations.

    SI Module 2 is an assessment course, but not an intervention course, and therefore you cannot refer to yourself as a Sensory Integration Practitioner until you have completed and passed all 3 Modules of Practitioner training (SI  Module 1, 2, and 3).

    Once you have completed and passed the course, you would be able to assess, interpret and justify a diagnosis of sensory processing and integration difficulties. You would have a clear understanding of which aspects of sensory processing and integration could be addressed in therapy, but you would need the support and advice of a fully-qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner’s oversight to discuss how you might incorporate these aspects into your therapy, and this oversight should be sought through mentoring or supervision, in line with best practice.

    Student Learning

    Students will:

    • Learn online through multi-media methods. 
    • Be fully supported throughout SI Module 2 by a team of Advanced Practitioner e-mentors, who will engage with the students online, facilitating their clinical development through a range of methods. 
    • Have access to Ulster University’s library online. 
    • Have an online ‘coffee shop’ forum in order to also meet and chat to other students on this module. 
    • Have access to downloadable transcripts of the course for offline study.
    • Be encouraged to start gaining clinical skills through the experience of working clinically within an ASI framework under appropriate clinical supervision. 

    Who should complete this course?

    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. 

    You must have completed and passed SI Module 1, prior to starting SI Module 2.

    See the full Entry Conditions here.

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

    Sensory Integration Practitioner will have been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration by completing and passing SI Modules 1, 2 and 3. 

    An Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner must complete and pass SI Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

    Technology requirements

    This is an online course. You cannot download this course. You cannot access it without being connected to Wi-Fi/Broadband.

    • Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Mac: Google Chrome (latest version)
    • Mobile: Apple iOS 7 and later, Google Chrome (latest version) in Android OS 4.1 and later
    • Microsoft Word is required for the online SI Module 2, 3 and 4 courses. If you do not already have Microsoft Word, you will be able to download a free copy from Ulster University.
    • Although the course learning material can be viewed on an iPad or tablet, you will need access to a laptop or PC to complete the assessments.
    • Stable WiFi/Broadband access required to run the online course.
    • We recommend that you use the free Google Chrome browser to access the learning content and the assessments. You will not be able to view the content and assessments properly whilst using other browsers.
    • You will also need access to Microsoft Word to complete the assessments for SI Module 2, SI Module 3 and SI Module 4, but this can be downloaded free of charge from Ulster University.

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        Click on the link to the right for your preferred date and complete the booking form which will open in a new window. Bookings must be made in the name of the person completing 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.  Note: Participants taking our accredited postgraduate SI Modular Pathway courses will be bound by our partner University's Cheating and Plagiarism Policy and other relevant policies upon registering with the University.

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