Sensory Integration Education has been providing high-quality training courses in sensory integration therapy for 25 years.
What is sensory integration?
Sensory integration theory explains why some people have difficulty using information from their senses and how this impacts on their day-to-day activities. Different parts of our body receive sensory information from our environment (such as our skin, eyes and ears) and send this information up to our brain. Our brain interprets the information it receives, compares it to other information coming in, as well as to information stored in our memory, and then the brain uses all of this information to help us respond to our environment. Therefore, sensory integration is important to all our daily activities (such as getting dressed, eating, socialising, learning and working).
In some regions, sensory integration difficulties are sometimes referred to as sensory processing problems or SPD.
Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy
Our understanding of sensory integration and the therapeutic approach to it, Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) Therapy, was developed by the pioneering occupational therapist and researcher Dr Jean Ayres. ASI Therapy aims to improve or develop sensory integration for children and adults with sensory integration difficulties. Therapists need specific training to be able to understand the underpinning reasoning and evidence, and to properly assess and deliver ASI interventions.
Research shows that Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy can make positive changes to:
- ability to plan and do activities of daily life
- movement and motor skills – posture, mobility and gross and fine motor coordination
- focus and attention
- thinking and learning (cognitive) skills needed for school and work
- relationship and communication (social) skills
- behaviours that challenge others including aggression and violence, self-harm, ritualistic and self-stimulation behaviours
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Train to be a Sensory Integration Therapist
We provide the only university-accredited pathway to Sensory Integration Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner status in the world, leading to awards of:
- Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration
- Sensory Integration Practitioner status
- Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner status
- Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration
- MSc Degree in Sensory Integration
Our pathway to practice for therapists is delivered in partnership with and accredited by the world-class Ulster University. Find out more here.
Courses for parents, and teachers and other professionals
For many people, small adjustments to their environment or to the way they are allowed to move at school or at work can make a huge difference to how they manage their day-to-day life. We offer a range of courses for parents, teachers and other professionals to help you understand more about sensory integration difficulties and think about changes you can make to your environment or the way you manage work, play or school that will make these activities more accessible to people with sensory integration difficulties.
Resources and contact details
Our website and monthly newsletter provides recommended books, journal articles, apps, equipment, events and job opportunities.
We have Facebook Groups for Parents, Therapists, and other Professionals interested in SI where you can ask questions, share experiences, find equipment for sale, etc.
Sensory Integration Education
Old Breedon School
8 Reading Road
Leave a message: +44 (0)118 207 2773
Fax: +44 (0)118 324 0310
SI Network (UK & Ireland) Ltd trading as Sensory Integration Education. Established 1994. We are a not for profit organisation. Sensory Integration Education is a member of the International Council for Education in Ayres Sensory Integration (ICE-ASI) which provides global standards for education in ASI.