Ayres Sensory Integration

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Ayres Sensory Integration®

Ayres Sensory Integration®(ASI) can be used to increase learner communication, socialization, cognitive, and adaptive skills while reducing challenging behaviors in learners with identified challenges in sensory processing.

Ayres Sensory Integration® (Ayres, 2005), has also been referred to in the literature as “Sensory Integration therapy as originated by A. Jean Ayres,” “classical sensory integration,” or “Ayres Sensory Integration.” We will use “ASI” throughout this module to refer to these models of sensory integration that are supported by the systematic review (Steinbrenner et al., 2020).

The evidence-base at this time only supports Ayres Sensory Integration®. Ayres Sensory Integration® requires specialized training with a certified provider to implement with fidelity. This training is most commonly completed by Occupational Therapists and, in some cases, other licensed therapists. This module is not intended to replace training in ASI and the certification process, but rather, to introduce basic knowledge of ASI as an evidence-based practice for learners with autism. (Nowell et al., 2021)

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI).
  • Applying BMI in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The Ayres Sensory Integration® module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Suggested citation:
Nowell, S., Sam, A., Waters, V., Dees, R., & AFIRM Team. (2021). Ayres Sensory Integration®. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Autism Focused Intervention Modules and Resources. https://afirm.fpg.unc.edu/ayres-sensory-integration

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 5 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the Ayres Sensory Integration®(ASI) module (PDF document, 3 pages)

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