SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment Application

20 Academic Credits

16-Week Course, 24-hour online access, Content available for 1 year

Total Scheduled Learning Hours: 45

Independent Learning Hours: 155 (including 10 clinical hours)

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  • This is the second of three modules that deliver a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration accredited by Sheffield Hallam University.

  • Students will learn key concepts of Ayres Sensory integration®, exploring the patterns of sensory integration dysfunction, models of SI, principles and practice of assessment, clinical reasoning, synthesising the assessment data and the process of interpretation of assessment, drawing on a range of assessment tools.

  • They will learn to synthesise, analyse and interpret assessment data and articulate clear reasoning related to their hypothesis of the sensory integration difficulty.

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  • Overview

    Students will learn key concepts of Ayres Sensory integration® (ASI), exploring the patterns of sensory integration (SI) dysfunction, models of SI, principles and practice of assessment, clinical reasoning, synthesising the assessment data and the process of interpretation of assessment, drawing on a range of assessment tools. They will learn to synthesise, analyse and interpret assessment data and articulate clear reasoning related to their hypothesis of the sensory integration difficulty.   

    Indicative content:

    - Welcome and Orientation to Module

    - Revision of Concepts and Patterns of SI

    - Introduction to Assessment in SI 

    - Models of SI 

    - Critical Analysis of Literature 

    - Starting with Participation 

    - Assessing Reactivity 

    - Clinical observations 

    - Interpretation of the SIPT 

    - Practical Exercises 

    - Clinical Reasoning Workshops 

    - Concepts of Goal Setting 

    - EASI

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment Task Summary

    Theoretical material is introduced through online lectures or presentations, and developed and reinforced through directed reading and forum discussions. Students are encouraged to use online communication tools such as the forum group and forum coffee shop to deepen and broaden their learning, contribute to the sense of community, provide mutual support and to seek advice on specific issues from the lecturers.

    Video material will support students understanding and application of concepts.

    Forum activities facilitated by a group of e-mentors (Sensory Integration clinical specialists who have been selected and undergone customised online training to support students) to actively discuss and learn about ASI-assessment in an online environment.

    Students will be expected to undertake self-directed study. This will be, in part, preparation for the assignment.

    Students will be directed to read key texts, integrated into the core content of the lectures. 

    Students will be encouraged to participate actively in the module.

    10 clinical assessment task experience hours will allow the students to apply their learning to real-life situations. 

    This will involve applying ASI principles in assessment, using standardised assessments and clinical observations.

    There are four assessment tasks in this module. 

    Assessment Task 1 assesses students’ ability to engage with online literature searching, identification of key papers and an evaluation of their contribution to the field.

    Assessment Task 2 requires the student to identify, interpret, and synthesise accurately case study material, and raw assessment data, to identify strengths and barriers, generate appropriate clinical hypotheses, and consider a plan of action going forward for that person and significant others.

    Assessment Task 3 requires students to submit a log of their clinical assessment experience hours demonstrating that they have engaged in assessments relevant to sensory integration theory and practice.

    Assessment Task 4 An assessment task strategy common to all modules in this course requires students to write a short reflection on the learning achieved during this module and how this has impacted their patient/client interaction. This is assessment task 4. 

  • Learning Outcomes

    Develop an in-depth understanding of the key concepts, models and patterns of sensory integration difficulty as applied to Ayres’ Sensory Integration®. 

    Understand the principles of assessment and the skills required for Ayres Sensory Integration® assessment. 

     Interpret and synthesise complex assessment information Source and appraise the evidence base as relevant to sensory integration practices.

  • Assessment Task Information

    The assessment will be in four parts. 

    Assessment Task 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 17.

    Assessment Task 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 background information and raw assessment data, identify strengths and barriers, generate appropriate clinical hypotheses, and consider a 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 17.

    Assessment Task 3: 

    Clinical Assessment Experience Hours - students to submit a log of their clinical hours demonstrating that they have engaged in assessments relevant to sensory integration theory and practice.

     This is Pass/Fail.

    Weighting: it has no contributing mark. 

    It will be submitted by end of Friday in Week 18.

    Assessment Task 4: 

    Reflection on Learning - students will produce a short piece of work reflecting on their learning and how this has impacted their professional practice. 

    This is Pass/Fail.

    Weighting: it has no contributing mark. 

    It will be submitted by end of Friday in Week 18.

    Subject to change.

  • Clinical Assessment Task Experience Hours

    Why are we introducing a clinical assessment task experience requirement in SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Assessment?

    Sensory Integration Education (SIE) has introduced clinical assessment task experience hours into the SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Assessment task to ensure you are as confident in the practicalities of assessing sensory integration (SI) difficulties as you are in understanding the theory.
    Assessment experience at a minimum of 10 logged clinical assessment task hours is required.


    What will the clinical assessment task experience hours requirement consist of?


    For SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in SI: Assessment task, you will need to undertake and log 10 hours of clinical assessment task experience. Some of these hours can be accrued from practicing SI assessment tasks with individuals who are not clients in order to develop your competence. Up to 2 hours can be accrued from working in collaboration with qualified SI practitioners undertaking assessment tasks too.
    You are also expected to carry out or participate in carrying out an SI assessment task yourself with at least one client.


    We recognise that during the restrictions in place worldwide because of the Covid-19 pandemic that this may need to be carried out virtually.


    Analysis and interpretation of your assessment findings will also form part of your assessment task experience hours.


    You can choose which assessments you wish to focus on, but we recommend that you carry out at least one standardised SI assessment/profile/questionnaire in order that you can score and interpret the data.


    Standardised assessments have a set of specific instructions for carrying out the tests and are underpinned by normative data leading to clinical profile information. You can also select clinical observations (Ayres Clinical Observations or Unstructured Clinical Observations). 


    How will I evidence that I have completed the assessment task experience clinical hours?


    You will evidence what you have undertaken in your clinical assessment task experience hours by completing a Clinical Assessment Experience Hours Log.
    This is one of the assessment tasks for this module.


    How will I be able to demonstrate the clinical skills gained in my assessment task experience?  


    You will demonstrate the clinical skills gained from this assessment task experience as set out below.

    - Through completing the Clinical Assessment Task Experience Hours Log assessment 

    - Through completing the Clinical Case Analysis & Planning assessment task 

    - Through completing the Reflection on the Learning assessment task

  • 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?

    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;will have been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration by completing and passing SI Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.

  • 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.

  • Will this course give me transferable, academic credits?

    Yes, successful completion of this module yields 20 credits. UK university academic credits are globally recognised and highly transferable.

  • How do our modules compare?

    We offer the world's only MSc in Sensory Integration.

    Have a look at how our postgraduate university-accredited SI modules and qualifications compare on content and value for money.

  • Is Sensory Integration Education a member of ICEASI?

    Sensory Integration Education Policy Statement Regarding the New ICEASI Standards for Training Programs in Ayres Sensory Integration®

  • 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 Sheffield Hallam 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.

  • How to apply

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  • Only MSc in Sensory Integration in World

    Our practitioner training pathway in Sensory Integration is accredited by Sheffield Hallam University, endows globally-recognised UK university qualifications, and equips practitioners with the knowledge, skills and clinical experience and expertise to safely and confidently practise ASI.

  • Personal eMentor Support

    Supported by Advanced SI Practitioner eMentors. Clinical practice hours supported by a Clinical Mentor. Plus an online study group offering peer-learning support.

  • Clinical Focus

    Our SI practitioner training pathway is aligned with the UK Allied Health Profession professional bodies and government policies and frameworks around advanced practice.

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This is a well organised and informative course that builds well on existing knowledge. It is well structured and very well supported by online tutors

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Vanessa

I found the course exceptionally relevant to my role as a paediatric occupational therapist. The course provided a systematic approach to assessment and interpretation, which is essential to our role.

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The course, is well structured, it offers both theory and practical aspects of the work eg. Clinical hours. The course is easy to follow and be completed around working full time with study leave.

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Course is informative and suitable for professional development and building skills as a SI practitioner

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