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Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI) - Module 1 Information



The latest advancements in neuroscience support the application of the theory of sensory integration as an approach to dealing with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. This module will provide the therapists with a theoretical basis for the application of the theory of sensory integration for clinical practice.

The focus of the first module will be on the theory of sensory integration, the central nervous system, the neuroscience of sensory systems, modulation, praxis, and the principles of evaluation and intervention in sensory integration. This online module provides in-depth lectures accompanied by supplemental videos and assignments to enhance your experience. 

We strongly advise that prior to starting that you familiarize yourself with the seminal texts such as Ayres (2005) Sensory Integration and the Child, available through  Click here to view the required and suggested readings. 


Register for the online module and start the lessons once you receive enrollment details (please be aware it can take up to two weeks to be enrolled). The convenient program allows you to work through the lessons at your own pace.


Module 1 is open to all who wish to learn about ASI theory.


After the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define scientific theory, model and frame of reference

  • Recognize core principles and concepts of Ayres Sensory Integration® Theory

  • Describe the common patterns of sensory integration dysfunction and their proposed neural correlations

  • Describe the neurological structures and their functions involved in the process of sensory integration

  • Describe the relationship between sensory integration and participation in everyday activities and occupations

  • Describe the functional implications and occupational factors in relation to changes of sensory impairments;

  • Discuss the praxis and its role in performance and behavior


Susanne Smith Roley OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience in pediatrics. She obtained her BS in OT at Indiana University, her MS in Allied Health Sciences at Boston University and her OTD at University of Southern California. She is in private practice in Orange County in Southern California and co-founder of the Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI). Susanne was on the original faculty of the Center for the Study of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction (CSSID0 started by Dr. Ayres, subsequently known as Sensory Integration International (SII)). She was a course originator of the Sensory Integration Certification Program sponsored by USC/WPS and its Program Director for 14 years through the University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She is a past chair of the Commission on Practice and the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section for AOTA; and a contributing author of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2002 and 2nd Edition. 

She is an internationally recognized author and lecturer on the theory and application of sensory integration. She is co-editor of numerous chapters, articles, and the books, Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations and Sensory Integration: Applying Clinical Reasoning to Diverse Populations. She is a fellow of the AOTA and recipient of the AOTF Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence and the AOTF A. Jean Ayres Award.  


Module 1 will provide 30 hours of training including the assignments. CLASI is an approved provider of continuing education units (CEU) by the American Occupational Therapy Association. 


The online platform guides you through the lessons, supplemental videos and assignments. The user-friendly system allows you to create your own account to manage all of your modules. You must have internet access that allows streaming to complete the lessons. Online lessons are available for one year from the date of purchase, allowing you to return to the content to review and refine your understanding.


Return to the registration page to complete your enrollment




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