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    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.

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    Gain postgraduate qualifications, accredited by the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University, to enhance your career and practice.

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How to qualify as a Sensory Integration Practitioner


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FAQ

  • 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.

How to apply

See our postgraduate courses below for more information and complete the application form.

Book a telephone appointment with our Director of Education if you’d like to talk through any questions before or after you apply.