Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration

PECSI

The Spiral Foundation now offers a certificate program in sensory integration competencies. The Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration (PECSI) offers 100 hours of practical learning experiences in a variety of formats designed to meet the flexible learning needs of today’s therapists. Learning experiences include coursework on sensory integration theory, assessment, SIPT administration, assessment interpretation and sensory integration intervention provided in both live, in person and online formats; self study review and examinations; and practical application of the SIPT assessment.

 

 

Participants completing the program will receive 100 contact hours (10 AOTA CEU’s) and a certificate of attendance for each course. Upon completion of this five course series and related requirements, participants will be knowledgeable about sensory integration theory, capable of completing observation based assessment of sensory integration, qualified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Practice Test, and familiar with the core principles of sensory integration intervention. Three of the five required courses are available in either online or live course formats. Two courses are live course only formats.

Upon completion of the coursework and related post-course assignments and evaluations, participants will receive a Certificate of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration. Upon completion of the certification courses and all required components, therapists may use the Spiral Foundation certification number to indicate proficiency in sensory integration theory, administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests and familiarity with sensory integration intervention.

 

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Course One: Essentials of Sensory Integration Theory

This course will introduce practitioners to the foundations of sensory integration theory. The core principles of sensory integration will be discussed. The neuroanatomy essential for understanding sensory integration and its application to intervention will be presented in an easy to understand format which will be linked to function throughout the course. The basic neurology and function of the sensory modulation, sensory discrimination and motor function systems will be presented. This course will form a solid foundation for understanding sensory integration theory. Course format includes a combination of lecture, video, self-study review and examination.

Eligibility: This course is open to all occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech and language pathologists, educators and health professionals.

Formats:
Live Course Format:
 Two-day live course, self-study, and online examination
Online Format: Two six hour online courses, self-study, and online examination for each online course. BOTH online courses are REQUIRED if completing Course 1 online.
Part One: Modulation and Somatosensory Processing (six hours of video)
Part One: Visual/Vestibular/Auditory Processing and Cerebellar/Praxis Functioning (six hours of video)

Contact Hours:
Live Course Format:
12 contact hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs) course
5 contact hours (.5 AOTA CEUs) self-study and examination

Online Format:

Part One: 8.5 contact hours (.85 AOTA CEUs). Includes course, self-study, and examination.
Part Two: 8.5 contact hours (.85 AOTA CEUs). Includes course, self-study, and examination.

Requirements:
Completion of either live 2-day course OR both parts of the online course
Self-study course review
Completion of course examination(s)

Course Two: Essentials of Sensory Integration Assessment

This course will provide participants with a solid foundation for clinical assessment of sensory integration difficulties in children. Principles and clinical reasoning strategies for assessment of sensory integration problems will be addressed. Participants will learn how to administer an observation-based clinical assessment of sensory modulation and discrimination and how to interpret assessment findings in the context of sensory integration assessment. Clinical assessment of postural-ocular-respiratory functions and praxis skills will also be addressed. Course format includes a combination of lecture, video recording, case studies, self study review and evaluation.

Eligibility: This course is open to all occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech and language pathologists, educators and health professionals.

Formats:
Live Course Format: Two-day live course, self-study, and online examination
Online Format: Two six hour online courses, self-study, and online examination for each online course. BOTH online courses are REQUIRED if completing Course 2 online.
Part 1: Clinical Assessment of Sensory Integration in Diverse Settings (six hours of video)
Part 2: Assessment of Foundational Mechanisms and Praxis (six hours of video)

Contact Hours:
Live Course Format:
12 contact hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs) course
2 contact hours (.2 AOTA CEUs) self-study and examination

Online Format:

Part One: 7.0 contact hours (.7 AOTA CEUs). Includes course, self-study, and examination.
Part Two: 7.0 contact hours (.7 AOTA CEUs). Includes course, self-study, and examination.

Requirements:
Completion of either live 2-day course OR both parts of the online course
Self-study course review
Completion of course examination(s)

Course Three: Essentials of Administration of Sensory Integration Assessments

This course will introduce participants to standardized assessments of sensory integration functioning. Participants will learn how to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests as well as Ayres Clinical Observations. The course format, a combination of lecture, hands on instruction and practice, and small group discussion allows opportunities for practical learning and individualized feedback on assessment techniques.

Eligibility: This course is limited to occupational and physical therapy participants who have completed Courses 1 and 2 of this series, live or online, or who have completed Course 1 of the WPS/USC SIPT courses.

Formats:
Live Course Format: Three day live course, self-study, online examination, and post-course SIPT practice

Contact Hours:
24 contact hours (2.4 AOTA CEUs) course
2 contact hours (.2 AOTA CEUs) self-study and examination
15 contact hours (1.5 AOTA CEUs) SIPT self-study, practice administrations and observation

Requirements:
Completion of live 3-day course including course homework assignments
Self-study course review · Completion of course examination
Each participant must have their own personal copy of the WPS SIPT Manual and bring it to both Courses 3 and 4 (this must not be shared nor be an institutional copy)
Every 2 participants must bring a SIPT kit to the live course for use during the course
Each participant must have a switchback stopwatch (not a cell phone) for use during the course and for practice administrations
Participants must have access to a SIPT test kit for post-course test administration practice
Completion of 5 practice SIPT administrations and review of materials needed for proficiency in administration mechanics
Completion of 5 practice SIPT administrations with children with disabilities
Observation of one practice SIPT (included above) by a SIPT certified therapist
Access to a WPS SIPT scoring disc to score at least 1 complete test protocol which must be brought to Course 4 (Printed test protocol materials will be provided for this case).

Course Four: Essentials of Interpretation of Patterns of Sensory Integration Dysfunction

This course will discuss patterns of sensory integration dysfunction as described by A. Jean Ayres as a result of factor and cluster analyses using the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Participants will learn how to identify patterns of sensory integration dysfunction through standardized and non-standardized assessment findings using the SIPT as well as other motor assessments which will be applicable to a wide range of client ages and practice settings. The course format, a combination of lecture, videotapes, case studies and small group discussion allows opportunities to address participants’ questions and concerns.

Eligibility: This course is limited to occupational and physical therapy participants who have completed Courses 1, 2, and 3 of this series, live or online, or who have completed Course 1 of the WPS/USC SIPT courses.

Formats:
Live Course Format: Two-day live course, self-study, and online examination

Contact Hours:
12 contact hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs) course
2 contact hours (.2 AOTA CEUs) self-study and examination

Requirements:
Completion of live 2 day course
Self-study course review
Completion of course examination
Course participants must bring one (1) complete scored SIPT test protocol report to the course for interpretation during the course

Course Five: Essentials of Sensory Integration Intervention

This course will provide participants with the essential information needed for treatment of sensory integration and praxis difficulties in children. The core principles of sensory integration intervention will be reviewed. Sensory integration interventions for sensory modulation and discrimination problems, praxis difficulties and foundational postural skills in children will be presented. Development of sensory diet programs will also be addressed. Extensive videotape analysis and case study presentations will be used to develop observational skills. The course format, a combination of lecture, videotapes, and small group discussion allows for opportunities to address participants’ questions and concerns.

Eligibility: This course is open to occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech and language pathologists, educators and health professionals who have taken Course 1 of this series or who have a strong background in sensory integration theory.

Formats:
Live Course Format: Two-day live course, self-study, and online examination
Online Format: Two six hour online courses, self-study, and online examination for each online course. BOTH online courses are REQUIRED if completing Course 5 online.
Part 1: Treating Sensory Modulation and Discrimination (six hours of video)
Part 2: Treating Foundational Mechanisms and Praxis (six hours of video)

Contact Hours:
12 contact hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs) course
2 contact hours (.2 AOTA CEUs) self-study and examination

Online Format:
Part One: 7.0 contact hours (.7 AOTA CEUs). Includes course, self-study, and examination.
Part Two: 7.0 contact hours (.7 AOTA CEUs). Includes course, self-study, and examination.

Requirements:.
Completion of either live 2-day course OR both parts of the online course
Self-study course review
Completion of course examination(s)

The SPIRAL Foundation is proud to be a member of the International Council on Education in Ayres Sensory Integration.

The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.

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