The online SI Module 1 course, accredited by Ulster University, is the first part of the modular pathway which also offers the opportunity to work towards a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters in Sensory Integration. (30 credits)
Ayres Sensory Integration therapy is an evidence-based intervention, which is guided by the understanding that people’s ability to participate, their motor skill development, and their engagement and interaction are predicated on the continuous process of making and refining connections within the brain. Understanding how input from the sensory systems relates to brain growth and brain development is the key to understanding why people with atypical sensory processing respond as they do.
Neuroscience is an evolving discipline, and the tools to enable researchers to study living brains in action are still relatively new. Advances in understanding brain development, connectivity and repair, and the impact of typical and atypical brain function in everyday life, emerge all the time. Recent advances in neuroscience support the application of the theory of Sensory Integration (SI) as a treatment approach for children, adolescents, adults and with older adults. For many clinicians, the opportunity to update their understanding in line with newly emerging research gives insight not only into the sensory underpinning of the behaviours they see in their clients which create barriers to participation but also into why some clients respond to different kinds of intervention (not just ASI) and others may not. Developing that higher level of clinical insight – understanding and predicting not just what works or doesn’t work for specific clients, but why – starts the clinician on their journey to working at Specialist level.
The course is divided into sections covering the sensory systems and how they relate to the neuroscience as it is currently understood. The course covers the kinds of behaviours and challenges to participation which one might expect to see in clients with sensory processing and integration difficulties and introduces strategies and approaches which can minimise the impact of sensory challenges. The content is taught using online presentations and lectures, animations, quizzes and practical activities, and some independent study tasks. You will have your own E-Mentor who will support your individual learning needs, plus an online study group offering peer learning support.
||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.
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.
16 weeks, 24 hour access
Hours: Online Content and contact with Mentors - 55hrs, Independent study (including assessment) 245 hrs, Total effort: 300 hrs
|Fee:||Gold or Silver Member Fee: £899 (Instalment plan option)
Bronze Member Fee: £1,198.67
|Director:||Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh, Director of Postgraduate Education|
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.
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.
SI Module 1 can be taken as an online course or classroom course. The assessments are taken online and are exactly the same. You can see more information on the two options here.
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 at the start of week 8 of the course. Once students log they have an hour to complete it. Students must have completed the assessment by the end of the 16th week from the start of the module.
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 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.
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).
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.
See the full Entry Conditions here.
By the end of SI Module 1 course, you will have the necessary foundation knowledge of neuroscience and the theory of Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) to allow you to identify behaviours and challenges that are likely to have a sensory underpinning. Understanding the sensory aspect supports your ability to frame to the client and stakeholders why clients respond to sensory input from the environment as they do. This in turn potentially allows you to prioritise your clinical caseload more efficiently, and to be able to explain and advise settings as to what sensory supports need to be in place for a client to have the best chance of being able to benefit from the therapeutic interventions on offer. More importantly, you will have a toolbox of sensory-based strategies which you can start to put in place for the client straight away to potentially reduce the impact of their environment on their participation, and which you can use in conjunction with your current therapeutic approaches to improve participation.
Although we will introduce concepts around assessment and the formal diagnostic process, SI Module 1 is not an assessment or therapy course, and therefore you cannot refer to yourself as a Sensory Integration Practitioner until you have completed and passed all three Modules of Practitioner training (SI Module 1, 2, and 3).
Once you have completed and passed the course, you would be able to recognise sensory system involvement and advise around the impact on the person’s participation in life. However, you would not be able to give a formal diagnosis of sensory processing and integration difficulties, and a fully-qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner’s judgement would be considered essential to confirm or negate your hypotheses and should be sought through mentoring or supervision, in line with best practice.
A 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.
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