Online SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics (follow on from classroom SI Module 2/3)


This module is for students who have previously passed the classroom SI Module 2/3 course. It will be offered until March 2021.

If you are taking the online SI Module 3 course, then you can see your SI Module 4 course here.


This SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics course has been designed for those clinicians who have successfully completed the classroom SI Module 2/3 since 2013 and want to complete the pathway and become an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration. 

The SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics, accredited by Ulster University, will take clinicians forward from the interpretive skills they acquired in SI Module 2/3, to engage with goal setting and SI interventions across the lifespan. They will develop the skills for both evaluating the effectiveness of their own intervention/s, while also able to interrogate the evidence base for interventions from current research. Frameworks for determining the fidelity of the complex intervention that is Ayres' SI will also be embedded in the learning. 

In addition, this module will enable clinicians to critique the literature, interact with advanced applied neuroscience, confidently disseminate and share their assessment and clinical findings with a wider audience and provide them with the skills to develop a commissioning proposal for Sensory Integration in their workplace. 

In line with good education practice, the curriculum for SI Practitioner training has been reviewed and refreshed. This bespoke 30 credit-bearing module will allow clinicians who have achieved SI Practitioner certification on the old modules to move up to Advanced Practitioner status without needing to take the Intervention and Advanced Practice modules separately. This module builds on the clinician’s understanding of the neuroscience, assessment and basic principles of intervention completed in SI Module 1 and SI Module 2/3 to be able to design, implement, record and evaluate sensory integration interventions which are individualised for each client. 

Further, this course will develop the clinician’s ability to confidently disseminate and share their assessment findings and outcome of intervention alongside the supporting evidence with a wider audience and provide them with the skills to develop a commissioning proposal for sensory integration in their workplace. 

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. This module builds on the theory of SI, the principles of sensory integration assessments and the use of structured clinical reasoning to apply theory to practice in the context of specific client groups. Content also includes critiquing the literature, advanced applied neuroscience, developing skills in understanding the how and why of writing a commissioning proposal for provision of sensory integration intervention and the effective dissemination of clinical findings and research. 

This new module combines the flexibility and convenience of online learning with real-world practical experience. The online component of this module will involve coaching and tips from expert clinicians, both local and international, on how to use the neuroscience to identify and prioritise treatment strategies, and to organise and use equipment as well as the principles of a therapy session. Clinicians will understand and be able to apply the concepts around fidelity to treatment in formal ASI therapy, as well as understanding and be able to create appropriate intervention which is drawn from SI principles, but where fidelity to ASI is not practical or possible. This means that clinicians will be able to create appropriate treatment approaches across the range of clinical settings and client groups. 

Clinicians will be supported throughout SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics online by a team of Advanced Practitioner Module eMentors, who will engage with the students through online forums, facilitating their clinical development through a range of methods, in small groups

As part of Sensory Integration Education’s commitment to moving the field of SI education and training forward, SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics will also include a practical, work-based component (30 hours) where clinicians are required to plan and carry out therapy under the guidance of a workplace supervisor and a clinical mentor supervisor. This will be evaluated as part of the course whereby clinicians will build a portfolio of evidence of the clinical experience they have gained during the 30 hours of clinical practice to show how their skills have developed. 

We believe that clinical experience is a wide area and we will encourage clinicians to explore many different aspects of SI practice. Logged clinical experience could, for example, include observing a qualified SI practitioner in their practice; administering and interpreting assessment data for clinical decision-making; training and supporting carers; or creating appropriate scaled goals for a client.

 We will work with clinicians to ensure that fulfilling the supervised clinical experience requirement is achievable for anyone who wishes to achieve certification as a Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner. We look forward to exploring the creative ways in which ASI is expressed across different professions and different settings.


Students will:

Be able to extend the skills developed during SI Module 2/3 using a structured clinical reasoning approach to assess, analyse and interpret findings in order to generate hypotheses about sensory integration difficulties in their clients. 

  • Be able to set and negotiate appropriate goals arising from accurate clinical interpretation of case history and assessment data. 
  • Select, plan, and justify appropriate SI interventions, as applicable across the lifespan and for specific clinical populations, including the selection of appropriate outcome measures and the use of Fidelity tools. 
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions and modify as required, with appropriate rationale provided from their knowledge of the relevant evidence base. 
  • Be able to interpret and apply advanced neuroscience in their clinical practice 
  • Disseminate their findings to a range of audiences including tribunal reports or reports to support EHC planning 
  • Be able to write a commissioning proposal and structure evidence-based support for sensory integration delivery in their area of practice
This online SI Module 4 course is designed to enable students to develop in-depth knowledge and experience in SI and therapy in order to support critical analysis and evidence of interventions. 30 credits.
    Participants: Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists and Physiotherapists only who have passed the classroom SI Module 2/3 since 2013.
    Length: 22 weeks, 24 hour access.
    Fee Options: Gold Member: £899    (Instalment plan option available)
    Bronze Member Fee: £1,198.67
    Director: Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh, Director of Postgraduate Education

    Format of Learning

    Students will:

    • Learn online via multi-media methods and additionally through practical work-based learning, supported by a Clinical Mentor. 
    • Be supported throughout SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics by a team of Advanced Practitioner Module e-Mentors, who will engage with the students through online forums, facilitating their clinical development through a range of methods, in small groups 
    • Have access to Ulster University’s library and resources online. 
    • Have access to Ulster student support services for additional study needs
    • Have access to 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. 
    • Gain clinical skills through the experience of working clinically within an ASI framework under the guidance of a Clinical Mentor


    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 the classroom SI Module 2/3 since 2013 prior to starting SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics.

    See the full Entry Conditions here.

    What will this course allow me to do?

    When you complete and pass SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics, you will be able to provide SI interventions to people in a range of different settings and across the lifespan and be able to negotiate and set appropriate goals, which reflect both the client’s priorities and their sensory processing and integration needs. You will be able to select and scale appropriate outcome measures and to be able to use Fidelity tools where necessary. You will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of your interventions and to be able to explain how this relates to the underlying neurology and the current evidence base. 

    With the experience of the practical, work-based component (30 hours) of SI therapy under your belt, you will be ready to assess and treat within an SI framework. Additionally, you will also be able to disseminate assessment findings and clinical outcomes supported by the underlying evidence and write a commissioning proposal for Sensory Integration in your area of practice, including private and third sector settings and for NHS commissioners. 

    By the end of SI Module 4: Intervention and Advanced Topics, your knowledge and skills will surpass those identified at Practitioner level in the proposed ICEASI framework, and you will be entitled to use the title Advanced SI Practitioner.

    Assessment information

    There are three components to the assessment for this module, all of which must be passed successfully. 

    Coursework 1: 

    Clinical Portfolio 30 hours of Sensory Integration Practice evidenced by portfolio-based competencies. Using the Ulster University Blackboard website, clinicians will build a portfolio of evidence of the clinical experience they have gained during the 30 hours of clinical practice to show how their skills have developed. We will give you full information about the assessment closer to the start date of the module. 

    Mark: It is Pass/Fail 

    Coursework 2: 

    Commissioning Proposal for Sensory Integration Provision Clinicians will submit a 2000-word commissioning proposal for Sensory Integration provision in their clinical setting of choice. In the description of their clinical setting they will also be expected to make reference to the population or client group for which they are proposing ASI. 

    Mark: This is 100% of the module mark 

    Coursework 3: 

    Reflection As part of the assessment strategy in the School of Health Sciences, clinicians 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). 

    Mark: It is Pass/Fail


    You can see more information about this module here.

    Where does SI Module 4 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.

    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

    • Stable WiFi/Broadband - This is an online course. You cannot download this course. You cannot access it without being connected to WiFi Broadband.
    • Google Chrome browser (latest version) - You will not be able to view the learning content and assessments properly whilst using other browsers. 
    • Microsoft Word - If you do not already have Microsoft Word, you will be able to download a free copy from Ulster University
    • Laptop or PC - 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.

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