Postgraduate SI Practitioner Training
FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS, SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPISTS AND PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

If you are looking to add Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI) therapy skills and qualifications to your practice, see our UK university accredited postgraduate qualifications in SI and learn more about our PG sensory integration training below.

Pathway to an MSc in SI




Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration

This is your core qualification if you wish to practise as a sensory integration practitioner. After successfully passing all three of the constituent modules, you will gain SIE SI Practitioner status and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration accredited by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University. See more and apply.

  • The PGCert in SI includes SI Modules 1, 2 and 3.
  • Time to complete: 2 years part-time.
  • Fee: £2,849 (interest-free payment plan).



Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration

This is your key qualification if you wish to practise as an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner. After successfully passing all four of the constituent modules, you will gain: SIE SI Advanced Practitioner status, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sensory Integration accredited by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University. See more and apply.

  • The PGDip in SI includes SI Modules 1 - 4.
  • Time to complete: 3 years part-time.
  • Fee: £3,799 (interest-free payment plan)



Master of Science Degree in Sensory Integration

This is your key qualification if you wish to practise as an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner. After successfully passing all six of the constituent modules, you will gain: SIE SI Advanced Practitioner status, and a Master of Science Degree in Sensory Integration accredited by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University. See more and apply.

  • The MSc in SI includes SI Modules 1 - 6.
  • Time to complete: 4 years part-time.
  • Fee: £6,489


SI Module 1: Foundations and Neuroscience

SI Module 1 will provide therapists and other related professionals with the underpinning neuroscience as well as sensory integration theory and evidence base, as relevant to applying sensory processing and integration principles to their practice. See more and apply.

  • Entry conditions
  • 30 academic credits awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • 15-week online course, 24-hour online access, content available for 1 year
  • Total scheduled learning hours: 50
  • Total Independent learning hours: 250
  • Full eMentor and university support
  • SI Module 1 only fee: £1,099
  • Interest-free payment plans


SI Module 2: Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration: Assessment

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. See more and apply.

  • Entry conditions
  • 20 academic credits awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • 15-week online course, 24-hour online access, content available for 1 year
  • Total scheduled learning hours: 45
  • Total Independent learning hours: 155 (including 10 clinical hours)
  • Full eMentor and university support
  • SI Module 2 only fee: £1,099
  • Interest-free payment plans


SI Module 3 Clinical Reasoning and Practice in Sensory Integration: Intervention (PGCert in SI & SI Practitioner)

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. See more and apply.

  • Entry conditions
  • 40 academic credits awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • 19-week online 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)
  • Full eMentor and university support
  • SI Module 3 only fee: £1,099 
  • Plus possible fee for 3 x 1 hr Clinical Mentor Sessions
  • Interest-free payment plans 


SI Module 4: Advanced Practice (PGDip in SI & Advanced SI Practitioner)

This module will take clinicians forward from the interpretive skills they acquired in earlier modules, to enable clinicians to interact with advanced applied neuroscience, confidently disseminate and share their assessment and research findings with a wider audience, and be an agent of change understanding service-level system change methods. See more and apply.

  • Entry conditions
  • 30 academic credits awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • 16-week online course, 24-hour online access, content available for 1 year
  • Total scheduled learning hours: 75
  • Total Independent learning hours: 225 (including 20 clinical hours and 3 hours clinical mentoring)
  • Full eMentor and university support
  • SI Module 4 only fee: £1,099 
  • Plus possible fee for 3 x 1 hr Clinical Mentor Sessions
  • Interest-free payment plans 


SI Module 5: Researching for Practice

This module is delivered directly by Sheffield Hallam University. It aims to provide you with an introduction to research design and methods relevant to an applied area of investigation. It will enable you to consider factors that will impact on future planning and management of their investigation. See more and apply.

  • Entry conditions
  • 15 academic credits awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • 12-week online course
  • Total scheduled learning hours: 15
  • Total Independent learning hours: 135
  • SI Module 5 only fee: £710


SI Module 6: Dissertation (MSc in SI & Advanced SI Practitioner)

This module is delivered directly by Sheffield Hallam University. It will enable you to develop a proposal and plan and conduct an in depth investigation of a topic that contributes to your professional practice. This will take the format of a critical literature review or service evaluation. It provides the opportunity to apply an understanding of research methods to the investigation and allows you to demonstrate your ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning. It will also support the dissemination of findings to your professional community. See more and apply.

  • Entry conditions
  • 45 academic credits awarded by Sheffield Hallam University
  • 48-week online course
  • Total Independent learning hours: 450
  • SI Module 6 only fee: £2,125
Qualify as an SI Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner
Transform your care delivery
... through a greater understanding of sensory integration difficulties (sometimes referred to as sensory processing or SPD) and how to manage those difficulties.
Gain postgraduate qualifications
... accredited by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University, to enhance your career and practice.
Learn from inspirational lecturers
... and highly-experienced clinicians via our fully-supported, interactive online modules - free yourself from CPD travel and accommodation expenses.

We make adding sensory integration therapy skills and knowledge to your practice easy and achievable. Sensory Integration Education offers SI Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Training for Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists. Study online and complete mentored clinical practice hours to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Integration.

This award is accredited by the UK’s award-winning Sheffield Hallam University. You will also earn Sensory Integration Practitioner status upon completion. Once qualified, you can progress to a Postgraduate Diploma in SI and Advanced Practitioner status. 

If you want to contribute to the growing body of evidence relating to sensory integration and sensory processing, Advanced Practitioners can proceed to the MSc in SI

You can access our interactive, high-quality teaching online, from anywhere in the world. Study at times that are convenient to you. Our Advanced Practitioner eMentors will support you at each step of the way. You will enjoy the benefits of the university’s full student support and library resources from Day 1.

We offer interest free payment plans. Students booking onto the full MSc course may be eligible for Postgraduate Student Loans.

If you have any questions about our sensory integration training, please contact us and one of our friendly support team will get back to you.

How to qualify as an SI Practitioner

FAQs

  • What is Sensory Integration?

    Sensory integration (or sensory processing) is the theory of how the brain interprets the sensory information it receives, compares it to other information coming in as well as to information stored in the memory and then uses all of this information to help an individual respond to their environment. Sensory integration is vital in everything that we do. Difficulties with receiving and processing sensory information from one’s body and environment could relate to difficulties at school or using one’s body to engage in everyday life. 

    Sensory integration difficulties (sometimes referred to as sensory processing difficulties or sensory processing disorder) can occur in combination with other diagnoses including: Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit, Learning Disabilities, Developmental Coordination Disorder and Regulatory Disorder.

    Our understanding of sensory integration was initially developed in the late 60s and 70s by Dr Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist and psychologist with an understanding of neuroscience. Find out more about SI and Dr Jean Ayres here.

  • What is Sensory Integration Therapy?

    Sensory integration therapy should only be carried out by a qualified SI Practitioner: this is a qualified occupational therapist, speech and language therapist or physiotherapist who has undertaken additional, rigorous postgraduate training in SI. This training involves developing a detailed understanding of the neuroscience and evidence base underpinning sensory integration as well as developing expertise in assessing and providing intervention for people with sensory integration problems.

    SI therapy (or SI interventions) include structured exposure to sensory input, movement therapy, balance treatments, carefully designed and customised physical activities and accommodations (eg, changes to the environment or routine). An SI Practitioner may work with the client, their family, carers, school, other allied health professionals or employer (as appropriate) to create a ‘sensory diet’ for that specific client. A sensory diet is a recommended suite of activities and accommodations (that can be carried out both in therapy sessions and at home or school) to help give that individual the sensory input they need.

    As well as training for therapists seeking to qualify as SI Practitioners, 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.

  • Who is eligible to train in Sensory Integration Therapy?

    Qualified Occupational Therapists; Speech and Language Therapists; and Physiotherapists are eligible to undertake the whole suite of postgraduate qualifications in SI and achieve SIE’s SI Practitioners and Advanced Practitioner statuses.

    SI Module 1 is also open to other applicants who have gained an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University.

    Sensory Integration is not part of core Occupational Therapy training. Therefore, those wishing to practice SI therapy must undertake recognised and appropriate training to use this in their work. They do so as extended scope practitioners (COT/BAOT Briefing 14 Extended Scope Practice).

    The MSc pathway is a good choice for therapists who are looking to use Ayres Sensory Integration® as a therapeutic frame of reference and treatment approach. Training across a shared pathway to Master’s level ensures that clinicians understand what ASI looks like within their own clinical remit and within those of other professions who are also ASI certified. It supports a seamlessly integrated approach to client care across a multidisciplinary team.

  • If I’m not a therapist, can I learn about Sensory Integration?

    As well as training for therapists seeking to qualify as SI Practitioners, 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.

  • 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 are the entry conditions?

    Please see the SI MSc Pathway entry conditions here.

  • 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®

  • What is the difference between ‘certification’ and ‘accreditation’ of a course?

    Simply put, accreditation is assurance for you, your patients and your employers that the course meets the quality and competence level that is printed on your certificate. 

    When choosing to invest in your career, it is important to look at what qualifications a course will give you and to check if the quality and validity of the course have been independently verified by an authoritative body. 

    Certified courses are normally those that conform to standards set by a third party. 

    Accreditation goes above and beyond that level of quality assurance. An accredited course means that it has been reviewed and officially recognised as delivering the appropriate levels of competence and knowledge for that level of study by an appropriate authority.

    Every module that forms our Sensory Integration MSc Pathway, delivering a PgCert, PgDip and an MSc in SI, is accredited by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University. In the UK, only government-recognised bodies can use the title ‘university’ and award and accredit postgraduate degree-level study.

  • Will I earn academic credits?

    Yes, successful completion of these modules yield academic credits (between 15 and 45 credits per module). 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.

  • Which module should I take next?

    Have you already taken an SI Module course? Find out which one to take next here.

  • Can I get a postgraduate student loan?

    Are you interested in postgraduate student loans? See here.

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