SI Module 3 Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention

40 Academic credits

19-week course, 24-hour online access

Content available for 1 year

Total Scheduled Learning Hours: 70

Total Independent Learning Hours: 330 (including 30 clinical hours and 3 hours clinical mentoring )

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Fee: £1,099 (interest-free payment plan) Plus 3 x 1 hr Clinical Mentor Sessions (approx £50 per hour if you need to use an external clinical mentor)

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

  • This module allows successful students to provide sensory integration interventions to people in a range of different settings and across the lifespan. Students will be able to negotiate and set appropriate goals, which reflect both the client's priorities and their sensory processing and integration needs.

  • By the end of SI Module 3, students will be entitled to use the title SI Practitioner, awarded by Sensory Integration Education.

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  • Overview

    Sensory Integration 3 allows successful students to provide sensory integration interventions to people in a range of different settings and across the lifespan.

    Students will be able to negotiate and set appropriate goals, which reflect both the client's priorities and their sensory processing and integration needs.

    By the end of Sensory Integration 3, students will be entitled to use the title SI Practitioner, awarded by Sensory Integration Education.

    Indicative content:

    - Welcome and orientation

    - Review and getting up to speed

    - Complementary Aspects of ASI

    - Identifying and Negotiating Treatment Priorities

    - Review of Concepts of Goal Setting

    - Outcome Measurement GAS Goals

    - Fidelity and ASI FM

    - ASI Equipment and Spaces

    - ASI Treatment Concepts

    - Seeing ASI in Practice

    - Creating the Session

    - Dosage and Caseload Management

    - ASI in Different Settings

    - Catch up and time to engage in clinical hours

    - Dynamic Review and Reporting

    - Preparation for Assessment

    - 30 Clinical hours

    - 3 Hours clinical mentoring

  • 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 intervention 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.

    30 clinical hours will allow the students to apply their learning to real-life situations.

    Three hours of clinical mentorship from an advanced SI practitioner is a requirement of this module to support and facilitate students' reflections and critical evaluations of practice.

    There are three assessment tasks in this module.

    Assessment Task One is a written evidenced-based discussion on the rationale for sensory integration with a particular client group and a video-enhanced case study that demonstrates the student's ability to apply sensory integration principles to practice.

    Assessment Task Two requires students to submit a log of their clinical hours and mentoring demonstrating that they have engaged in therapy relevant to sensory integration theory and practice, that has been supervised by an Advanced SI Practitioner.

    Assessment Task Three - 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.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Carry out intervention according to ASI® fidelity process elements (Parham et al. 2011) and evaluate Ayres Sensory Integration® intervention principles and practices.

    Evaluate information to reach safe, participation-orientated, person-centred decisions relevant to assessment and management of people with sensory processing and integration challenges.

    Critically appraise the evidence base as relevant to both the client group’s potential sensory integration characteristics and sensory integration inventions Recognise the interpersonal and communication abilities required to underpin working as an ASI practitioner.

  • Assessment Task information

    There are three assessment tasks for this module.

    The first is an Evidence-Based Case Study, and the third is a reflection on your learning throughout the module.

    As part of the module assessment task, you are also expected to complete 30 logged Clinical Experience hours which have to be submitted at the end of the module. This is assessment task two.

    For students whose clinical practice and ability to deliver in person, face-to-face intervention has been impacted on by the Covid19 Pandemic we are offering an alternative, Clinical Skills Development Assessment Task.

    Clinical hours are also completed under the mentorship of an Advanced SI Practitioner and you are expected to complete a minimum of three mentoring sessions.

    Assessment Task 1: Evidence-Based Case Study
    Provide an evidence-based justification for sensory integration intervention for the clinical population for which your client identifies.

    Word count: 4000 words.
    100% of the total module mark.

    Assessment Task 2: Clinical hours A log of 30 completed Clinical Experience Hours using a Sensory Integration Frame of Reference OR a log of 30 Clinical Skills Development Hours.

    Mark: Pass/Fail

    Assessment Task 3: Reflection on Learning
    You will produce a short piece of work reflecting on your learning and how this has impacted on your professional practice. There is no word count, but 500 words is given as guidance.

    Mark: Pass/Fail

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


    In SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention you will be expected to log 30 hours of ASI clinical experience.

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

    Through completing Assessment Task 1, you will be discussing an ASI Intervention approach which you would intend to, or have carried out, within your targeted clinical population.

  • Clinical experience requirement

    Why are we introducing a clinical experience requirement in SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention?

    This refreshed module will take you from the interpretive skills you acquired in SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment to engaging with goal setting and interventions across the lifespan.

    Sensory Integration Education (SIE) has introduced a clinical hours component into the SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention to ensure you are as confident in the hands-on-work of treating sensory integration (SI) difficulties as you are in the theoretical underpinnings of the client’s neurophysiology.

    Included in the SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention learning is the inclusion of hands-on clinical experience at a minimum of 30 logged clinical hours.

    In the past hands-on skills were not assessed in the UK until SI 4: Advanced Practice and were historically both unspecified and unlogged.

    In the new and refreshed SIE SI Modular Pathway, you will begin gaining SI intervention experience earlier and in your own clinical setting. This approach, supported by clinical mentoring sessions, will ensure that the skills you develop are relevant to the client group that you support and are of key value to you.

    * This is in line with the published proposed international standards for ASI education for which the SIE Chair Rosalind Rogers is personally acknowledged and is cited as an author in the following paper: Baltazar Mori, A., Carrasco Koester, A., Holland, D., Fernandes, P., Gray, Rogers, R., Smith Roley, S., Soechting, E., & Van Jaarsveld, A. (2017) Building competency in SI: Evidence-based guidelines for occupational therapy using Ayres Sensory Integration®. OT Practice, 22(12), 8–13.

    What will the clinical experience requirement consist of?

    For SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in SI: Intervention, you will need to undertake and log 30 hours of clinical experience. You will therefore need to have access to at least one client who would benefit from an Ayres Sensory Integration approach to intervention, and for whom you can offer key aspects of SI management.

    You can also split your clinical hours between working with several different clients and their families/carers. You do not have to work with just one client for all your clinical hours.

    As we believe that clinical experience is a wide area, we would encourage you to explore many different aspects of SI practice. Your 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.

    Alongside your logged clinical experience, you will be completing two written assessments which will contribute to your overall mark for the module. You will be given written guidance regarding the assessments and we will support you with any queries you may have via your forum group on the online forum.

    We will provide online opportunities for up to 10 hours of activities that are appropriate to the clinical experience requirement through the online part of the course. These will be in addition to the taught material and these online clinical training resources are optional.

    You might choose to use these resources as part of your total of 30 hours, and log 20 hours of clinical experience from your real clinical setting, or you can log 30 hours from your clinical setting without using the online resources.

    We anticipate that it might be easier for some clinicians to log the time in the clinic as part of their everyday work rather than to set aside additional online time, and vice versa.

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

    In SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention you will be expected to log 30 hours of ASI clinical experience.


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


    Through completing Assessment 1: Part 2 and Part 3, you will be discussing an ASI Intervention approach which you would intend to, or have carried out, within your targeted clinical population.


    In Assessment 1: Part 3, you will identify how you meet the ten core competencies of ASI intervention, adapted from Parham et al. (2006). There is no formal “case study” presentation or any formal requirement to video your clients.


    For Assessment 1: Parts 2 and ,3 we will be looking for evidence of the development of your knowledge, skills and expertise, rather than focusing on changes in your clients’ sensory processing and integration.

    What if I work in a setting where this could be difficult?

    We understand that working within an Ayres’ Sensory Integration (ASI) frame of reference is going to look quite different for some clinicians. We expect you to understand what constitutes Fidelity in ASI intervention and to be able to justify practical and structural limitations and explain why you might not always be able to meet Fidelity for a particular client or setting.

    Ayres’ Sensory Integration can make a big difference to the lives and participation of a very wide range of clinical groups, and we are keen to ensure that we support your learning to practise SI in your settings in whatever form that takes.

    ASI is often described as the place where science meets art, and we would be looking for evidence of your creative problem-solving and appropriate adaptations to therapy so that it remains true to the principles of Ayres' Sensory Integration within the confines of your clinical context.

    We look forward to your exploration of the creative ways in which ASI is expressed across different professions and different settings.

    Do I need to have access to specialist equipment or assessment tools?

    The purpose of the clinical experience aspect is to help you to work effectively with your real clients in your real clinical setting within an SI frame of reference.

    There are many different ways that this can be realised, and not all will be ASI intervention in full compliance with the Fidelity measure. You would not be penalised if you do not have access to suspended equipment or other resources which are usually found in a dedicated ASI treatment space. We will be looking to see you applying the SI frame of reference appropriately to the demands and opportunities of your current clinical practice and for evidence of your developing clinical reasoning and intervention expertise.

    There is no requirement to have access to a SIPT kit. The SIPT is still considered the gold standard assessment for praxis, and you might choose to interpret SIPT results that have been carried out by a trained SIPT administrator as part of your clinical hours if this tool is appropriate for your client group. You may also wish to carry out a SIPT assessment under appropriate clinical supervision. If you are not using the SIPT we would expect to see you using other relevant standardised assessments and/or clinical observations in your setting for your particular client, supported by your decisions for doing so.

    Mentoring

    Why is mentoring included within SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention requirements?

    In line with professional good practice standards clinical mentoring is included in SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory integration: Intervention in order to enable you to:

    - Support and enhance your SI practice for the benefit of service users;
    - Develop skills in reflection, to narrow the gap between theory and practice;
    - Involve an SI Advanced Practitioner as a Clinical Mentor in your reflections and critical evaluations of practice.

    How will I source a Clinical Mentor?

    As you will be required to present evidence that you have undertaken 3 sessions of mentoring and supervision with your Clinical Mentor, there are two options available for selecting a mentor and it is up to you which you choose.

    Option 1:
    Approach a clinician who is a SI Advanced Practitioner (qualified up to SI Module 4) in your current workplace, if this is available to you.

    Option 2:
    Select an SI Advanced Practitioner (qualified up to SI Module 4) from the SIE Register of Clinical Mentors. This Register includes Advanced Practitioners with SI expertise in the following areas:

    - Paediatrics
    - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Adult Mental Health
    - Forensics
    - Attachment and Trauma
    - Older Adults and Learning Disability

    Mentoring Fees
    If you are selecting a workplace Clinical Mentor, they may agree to support you without remuneration, or they may require a mentoring fee for sessions.

    If you are selecting a Clinical Mentor from the SIE Register of Clinical Mentors you will see their fee displayed on the Register in addition to their clinical expertise, profession and location.

    Please note that the mentoring contract will be between you and the mentor. As these fees are external to the cost of the module, payments should be made by you directly to the Clinical Mentor.

    Currently the fees on the Clinical Register are approximately £50.00 GBP per hour mentoring session. You will need to arrange three mentoring sessions.

    Clinical mentoring can be carried out by a variety of methods, i.e. virtually (e.g. Skype), phone or face-to-face. Full details of how to discuss and share clinical information with your Clinical Mentor to ensure client confidentiality and data protection compliance will be given to you at the start of the module.

    Clinical Mentoring FAQ

    Can a Clinical Mentor provide more than three sessions per mentee?

    There is no restriction on the length or the number of mentoring sessions if additional sessions are requested by the mentee and agreed upon by both parties.

    Can Clinical Mentors provide mentoring to someone in their department or place of work?

    Yes, they can do this if they and the mentee are satisfied that you will be able to provide objective feedback on their work.

    Do Clinical Mentors have to travel to the mentees’ place of work for mentoring?

    No, this is not a requirement. Mentees typically arrange mentoring sessions in a venue that is convenient for both parties. This can be face to face or online, via phone, skype, facetime, or similar.

    Is it the Clinical Mentor’s responsibility to sign off the 30 hours of clinical practice for a mentee?

    No, this will be completed by an identified person in the clinical hours setting /s.

    Do I need a workplace mentor AND an SIE Clinical Mentor?

    No. If your workplace mentor is approved you do not need an SIE Clinical Mentor in addition.

    If you have arranged an SIE Clinical Mentor for SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention, you do not need to also have a workplace mentor.

    What is the level of SI training for an Advanced SI Practitioner?

    All Advanced SI Practitioners are qualified up to SI Module 4: Advanced Practice. For a list of SI Advanced Practitioners see here.

  • Who should complete this course?

    Our accredited SI Modular Pathway is 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 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment prior to starting the SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention.

    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 must complete and pass:
    SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience
    SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment
    SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention
    SI Module 4: Advanced Practice

  • What will SI Module 3 allow me to do?

    When you complete and pass SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention, you will be able to:

    - Provide SI interventions to people in a range of different settings and across the lifespan.
    - Negotiate and set appropriate goals, which reflect both the client’s priorities and their sensory processing and integration needs.
    - Select and scale appropriate outcome measures and to be able to use Fidelity tools where necessary.
    - 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 a supported and supervised block of SI therapy under your belt, you will be ready to assess and treat within an SI framework.

    By the end of SI Module 3: Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention, you will be entitled to use the title SIE SI Practitioner.

  • Will this course give me transferable, academic credits?

    Yes, successful completion of this module yields 40 credits. UK university academic credits are globally recognised and highly transferable.

  • 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®

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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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What our participants say

Occupational Therapist

Vanessa Taylor

I would really recommend it. Module 3 really enhances your learning and I found that the combination of studying, my clinical hours and then meeting with my Mentor really helped me to feel competent at the end of the process to work as an ASI practitioner. Set aside time, take part in all the Forum activities, do your clinical hours, do the extra reading and you will reap the benefits. 

Therapist

Extremely well put together course. Catered for a range of learning styles. Good variety of learning resources from presentations to videos to forum activities.

Therapist

The design of the course is easily accessible and you feel supported throughout by tutors and other students. It is not easy, it is challenging and engaging, it is well worth the effort because you learn so much.

Therapist

The training is very thorough with a good mix of practical and theory. Make sure you get your clinical hours started ASAP. Find a clinical supervisor who works in a similar field. Spread the workload out across the time available. At the end if it you will feel like you have a very sound grounding for developing your practise as an SI practitioner.

Therapist

I now feel that I can competently practice as an SI practitioner.

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