University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Ayres Sensory Integration® Training Course

Course Description

For over 35 years, the University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has offered an intensive training program in sensory integration, originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres PhD, OTR, FAOTA. This world-renowned hands-on theory, assessment and intervention program, informally known by its USC course number, “OT 610” and held at Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, Calif., provides small groups of occupational, physical and speech therapists graduate-level training in the theory and intervention strategies of Ayres Sensory Integration® as well as mentorship through closely supervised, hands-on clinical practice. In addition, this program includes the certification needed to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT). The OT610 and SI610 program is the only one of its kind in the world and, since its inception in 1977, therapists from more than 30 countries have participated in this unique experience. This course is offered for academic units (OT 610) or as continuing education (SI 610). 

Training Highlights Include:

  • Weekly seminars presented by some of the top researchers and clinicians in sensory integration
  • Mentorship by master clinicians during direct treatment of children with sensory-integrative disorders and other neurological and developmental disabilities

Learning Objectives

Through seminar lectures and discussions, supervised clinical experiences, and completion of course assignments, the student will be able to:

  1. Competently apply sensory integrative procedures in clinical practice
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of sensory integrative theory
  3. Explain the rationale for sensory integrative intervention decisions, drawing from theory and research
  4. Implement single systems methods for documentation of treatment effectiveness
  5. Communicate effectively with parents and professionals through clinical reports and through direct interaction
  6. Use and create therapeutic equipment that supports intervention goals
  7. Provide effective consultation to teachers and other professionals in a school based setting
  8. Critically evaluate research related to sensory integration theory and practice


The instructor will provide a detailed schedule on the first day of the course. Please read the participant responsibilities on the first day. You will also be given a list of required readings.


Earn 6 CEUs (60 contact hours).

Courses offered every January, April and September

  • Spring semester: January 4 – April 9, 2016
  • Summer semester: April 11 – July 16, 2015 (at capacity)
  • Fall semester: September 12 – December 17, 2016

Location / Maps

Interactive map of the USC Health Sciences Campus

USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar St., CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003

Pediatric Therapy Network
1815 W. 213th St. #100
Torrance, CA 90501

About the Instructors

Erna Blanche

Erna Imperatore Blanche PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA received her degree in occupational therapy at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile), a master’s degree in Special Education at Columbia University and a PhD in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in both interventions based on occupational science and pediatric occupational therapy for children with developmental disabilities, including autism. She has co-authored two books, Combining Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles and Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations, and one video series, Observations Based on Sensory Integration, on pediatric clinical practice. She has published numerous articles in English and Spanish on the topics of play/wellness and issues in clinical practice. Dr. Blanche trained with Dr. A. Jean Ayres in 1984, and since then she has lectured internationally in more than 20 countries and still has ties with clinical practice at Therapy West, Inc. and with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Chile, Santiago. Dr. Blanche’s research interests include clinical evaluation and intervention and the relationship between sensory processing and lifestyle choices.

Stefanie Bodison

Stefanie Bodison OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT is a graduate of the University of Southern California and has been specializing in sensorimotor and neurodevelopmental intervention techniques with children for more than 20 years. Dr. Bodison specializes in treating children with feeding and oral-motor difficulties, as well as combining sensory integration and Neuro-Developmental Treatment™ techniques to meet the daily living challenges of children with autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, sensory integration dysfunction and neuromotor disorders. She has lectured on sensory integration and feeding, eating and swallowing issues in children throughout the United States and internationally, and teaches pediatric course content within the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Dr. Bodison is interested in multidirectional translational research on children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research aims to evaluate the efficacy, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions for children with a variety of developmental conditions. Her research specialties include: rehabilitation interventions, children with neurodevelopmental disorders, autism, multisensory integration, developmental dyspraxia and learning disabilities.

Course Fee

$3500. In addition to the course fee, participants should anticipate additional book and material fees in the range of approximately $500.  Inquire regarding an AOTA member discount.

Special Needs Requests

If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Jackie Mardirossian at 323-442-2811at least four weeks before the course date so that arrangements can be made.

Cancellation Policy

A refund, less $100 administrative fee, will be made if a cancellation notice is received 30 business days prior to the course date. Cancellation by instructor will result in full refund.

Application Process

Admission to a particular session of SI610 may be competitive, since only a small number of participants are admitted at a time. Preference is given to individuals currently or previously enrolled in the USC Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy graduate program and to those whose application materials are complete.

AOTA Approved Provider Program

AOTA Classification Codes: Sensory Perceptual Skills, Motor and Praxis Skills
The assignment of AOTA CEUS does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Questions? Contact Jackie Mardirossian at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (323) 442-2811.