Sensory Integration (SI) References:
Sensory Integration (SI) is a neurological process that occurs when the brain “integrates” sensory information to process our environment into meaningful information, to allow us to respond automatically, efficiently and appropriately (Yack, Aquilla, et al. 2004). This theory and developed therapy approach was pioneered by Dr A. Jean Ayres who classified sensory integration dysfunction as a unique clinical category (Ayres 1972, 1979). More recently the term Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is used (Byrne 2009). The core theories and techniques are aimed at developing an improved nervous system response and adaptive behaviour.
Both Annie and Emma research the area of SI and remain up-to-date with current literature. We can provide a book list and reference lists for parents, and for education. Below is a list of articles of particular relevance to our day to day work:
Ayres, A. J. 1972.
Sensory integration and learning disorders. Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.
Ayres, A. J. 1979
Sensory integration and the child Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.
Byrne, M. W. 2009.
Sensory processing disorder: Any of a nurse practitioner’s business? Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 21, pp. 314–321.
Dowell L.R., Mahone E.M., and Mostofsky S.H. 2009.
Associations of Postural Knowledge and Basic Motor Skill with Dyspraxia in Autism: Implication for Abnormalities in Distributed Connectivity and Motor Learning, Neuropsychology, Vol. 23 (5) pp. 563-570.
Dziuk M.A., Gidley Larson J.C., Apostu A., Mahone E.M., Denckla M.B., and Mostofsky S.H. 2007.
Dyspraxia in autism: association with motor, social, and communicative deficits, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Vol. 49, pp. 734-739.
Lundy-Ekman L. 2007 ed.
Neuroscience: Fundamentals for Rehabilitation, 3rd ed, Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, pp.169-185.
Parham, L.D., Smith Roley, S., May-Benson, T., Koomar, J., Brett-Green, B., Burke, J.P., Cohn, E.S., Mailloux, Z., Miller, L.J. and Schaaf, R.C. 2011.
Development of a Fidelity Measure for Research on the effectiveness of the Ayres Sensory Integration Intervention, American Journal of Occupational Therapy 65 (2), pp. 133-142.
Yack, E, Aquilla P, Sutton S. 2004.
Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration 2nd ed. Las Vegas: Sensory Resources.