University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program

Course Descriptions and Schedule

The USC Sensory Integration Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Program provides an opportunity for practicing occupational therapists to acquire advanced knowledge in the theory, assessment, and intervention principles of sensory integration as originated by Dr. A. Jean Ayres. To obtain this CE Certificate, participants must complete 100 contact hours (10 CEUs) within the following CE Courses.

CE Course 1, CE Course 2, and CE Course 3 must be taken in sequential order.  The special topics courses can be taken at any point after the participant completes CE Course 1.

The online courses will be offered on a consistent schedule each year:

Fall

  • CE Course 1 — Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration

Spring

  • CE Course 2 — Sensory Integration Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning
  • CE Course 3 — Sensory Integration Treatment

Summer

  • Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration in School-Based Settings
  • Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory-Based Feeding and Eating Challenges
  • Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration and Early Intervention

Please see below for the schedule of courses offered online, and read our Privacy Policy as it relates to the information you provide in any course application. We also maintain a schedule of courses offered in-person internationally.

Foundation Courses (72 hours)

CE Course 1 — Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration (30 hours)

This course covers the basic neurobehavioral principles that undergird sensory integration theory. The specific contributions of individual sensory systems are examined in the context of everyday activities and occupations. Typical patterns of sensory integration dysfunction and their basic implications for intervention are discussed.

This course is open to all who are interested. Basic working knowledge of neuroanatomy is assumed.

Cost: US$900

  • Online, Registration for 2018 is now closed.

CE Course 2 — Sensory Integration Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning (21 hours)

This course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge needed to accurately assess sensory integration function and dysfunction in children. Participants will learn about a variety of assessment tools available to measure sensory integration dysfunction. Additionally, participants will use clinical observations and clinical reasoning to develop a comprehensive understanding of sensory differences across multiple clinical populations and the impact of these sensory differences on functional performance.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Cost: US$600 ($540 for AOTA members)

CE Course 3 — Sensory Integration Treatment (21 hours)

This course prepares participants to provide intervention using a sensory integration frame of reference. Strategies for intervention planning and clinical reasoning informed by sensory integration principles are discussed in depth. An overview of approaches to sensory integration intervention for a range of populations in a variety of settings is explored.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Cost: US$600 ($540 for AOTA members)


Special Topics in Sensory Integration (28 hours)

Following completion of foundational CE Course 1, having acquired a solid base of knowledge to understand, practice, and promote Sensory Integration, participants have the opportunity to choose two courses from a variety of special topics that most appropriately apply to their own clinical practice. These advanced courses cover a range of special topics about the application of sensory integration principles in context.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (14 hours)

This course discusses the unique considerations and issues to consider when working with individuals on the autism spectrum who have sensory integration difficulties.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Cost: US$450

  • Online, Registration is not yet open for Summer 2019.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory-Based Feeding and Eating Challenges (14 hours)

This course provides specialized instruction on identifying and treating clients who have feeding and eating challenges originating from problems with sensory integration.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Cost: US$450

  • Online, Registration is not yet open for Summer 2019.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration in School-Based Settings (14 hours)

This course further refines participants’ knowledge in a particular practice area by delving into special considerations, principles and intervention techniques as they apply to clinicians and clients in school settings.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Cost: US$450

  • Online, Registration is not yet open for Summer 2019.

Special Topics in Sensory Integration: Sensory Integration and Early Intervention (14 hours)

This course provides specialized instruction for those practitioners interested in and/or working with sensory integration as it applies to children ages 0-3 years.

This course is open to occupational, physical, and speech therapists.

Cost: US$450

  • Online, Registration is not yet open for Summer 2019.