What is Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy?

A lovely explaination of Ayers’ Sensory Integration Therapy and the new fidelity measure

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What is Praxis, and why is it important?

Praxis, the ability to plan, organise and perform a new motor activity

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“Praxis is … the ability by which we figure out how to use our hands and body in skilled tasks like playing with toys; using tools, including a pencil or fork; building a structure, whether a toy block-tower or a house; straightening up a room, or engaging in many occupations.”
A Jean Ayres 1985

To have adequate praxis, we must detect and register sensory input from within our bodies and from the world around us. Then we integrate this incoming sensory information, to make sense of what is happening. We interpret these sensations using our past experiences and learning. This means we are able to move about easily, doing and trying new things. When this happens well, we can interact with the world and with the people around us.Screen Shot 2017-08-30 at 15.37.10

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Through The Senses

Lovely explaination if what Sensory Integration means…

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screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-17-16-04Sensory Integration is a model that helps us to better understand how the mind, body, and brain connect in children, teens and adults

International research increasingly supports the view held by many therapists that sensory integration difficulties underpin unusual or problem behaviours.

Everyone has their own unique sensory preferences. Our “Through the Senses” courses can help parents, carers and teachers and adults swith sensory integration challenges discover what their own unique sensory profiles and sensory preferences are.

When we discover what our own unique sensory profiles and sensory preferences are we are better able to understand ourselves or be ‘sensory detectives’ for those we look after and support. When we are able to understand someone’s behaviours in terms of sensory integration theory; we are able to feel comfortable advocating about what helps them, how to creatively meet their sensory needs and explore practical ways to do this anywhere.

When we are…

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ESIC 2017 Workshop : Ayres’ Sensory Integration beyond Childhood

Ayres’s Sensory Integration is not just for children, have a look at this post from Sensoryproject1 to find out more

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IMG_1961.JPGAyres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) is increasingly being used with older adolescents(16+), adult and older adult clients. However adult specific research about the effectiveness of Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy (ASIT) with this age group is limited. Single-subject experimental designs (SSEDs) may provide clinicians working with small and varied case loads with a means to demonstrate if ASI is effective in improving participation in every day life. Meta-analysis of SSEDs is recognized as a possible means to support the development and implementation of evidence-based practice. 

Our workshop described the application of ASI with adults, describing acceptable, age appropriate assessment and intervention approaches and treatment spaces that meet Ayres’ SI Fidelity. Through the use of case study, the workshop explored assessment and intervention methods and outcome measurement tools currently used with adult clients receiving ASIT.

The use of the Quality of Life Inventory, tools from the Model of Human Occupation, Goal Attainment Scaling…

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